The Battle Of The Somme

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Myths & Misperceptions Outlasting the worst catastrophes Earth has undergone, it seemed merely forty years ago sharks could and would outlive any event. Yet, even as sharks have the ability to adapt to changing circumstances, the summer of 1916 presented the first unexpected change for these great animals. 1916 July 1st, 1916: The Battle of the Somme begins and the British army suffers 57,470 casualties and 19,240 deaths in just one day 's time. In the span of that week, children were dying at the rate of one per hour from a polio epidemic in New York City alone. Yet, the American press turned all attention to the "man-eaters" on New Jersey 's shore during July of 1916, as five unprovoked attacks shocked America and it 's beach-goers. Up until the summer of 1916 the average American was by large shielded from sharks, and the idea of attacks was deemed as being far-fetched in the small New Jersey beach towns. Despite this belief and most beliefs surrounding these unique animals at the time, Charles Vansant was attacked just three and a half feet in water on July 1st, 1916; dying hours later from blood loss. Five days later on the 6th of July, Charles Bruder had both legs severed off while on a solo swim- 45 miles out from the attack on Vansant. The third day of attacks came on the 12th of July. Just a day before this, fourteen-year-old Rensselaer Cartan encountered a bump while swimming in the Matawan Creek, leaving bloody scrapes across his chest and warned others in

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