Legend of the Great White

In the mid-1970s, the Great White surged into global consciousness and ruined swimming in the surf for millions.

Updated: July 23, 2002, 5:39 PM ET
By Curt Gowdy |
Co-host of ESPN2's
"CITGO's In Search of Flywater"

I've recently been reading a slew of accounts of the Great White's taste for a thin-skinned species of coastal biped remarkable for its lack of caution when working or playing in the shark's neighborhood. This, of course, is nothing new. For centuries the Great White has been eating whalers, abalone divers, swimmers, surfers and other types who wander into its domain during the dinner hour — which is between midnight and 12 pm.

A forerunner to the Great White was even more predacious. ...

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