There might have been a time when the sighting of a shark along the shore would've sent folks fleeing in fear. But recently it seems that attitudes toward these oft-maligned predators have taken a welcome turn.
Earlier this week, after a large blue shark became hopelessly stranded during high tide in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the reaction of the beach-going public wasn't to run to safety - rather, they rushed to her aid. A local harbormaster, Rex McKinsey, was among those who helped coordinate the effort to comfort the shark through her ordeal.
"There were a handful of people with buckets," McKinsey told The Dodo. "People who live nearby were bringing out pots and pans and things to help."