Beliefs about sharks

June 19, 2007 6:21pm CST
In ancient Greece, it was forbidden to eat shark flesh at women's festivals. A popular myth is that sharks are immune to disease and cancer; however, this is untrue. There are both diseases and parasites that affect sharks. The evidence that sharks are at least resistant to cancer and disease is mostly anecdotal and there have been few, if any, scientific or statistical studies that have shown sharks to have heightened immunity to disease.
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