Perhaps the biggest culprit of instilling fear of sharks into humanity is Peter Benchley, the author of "Jaws," the book that spurred the movie, and subsequently, the pulse-quickening song that would forever be associated with shark attacks. But as it turns out, he no longer believes sharks are so bad. A few years after "Jaws" was published, Benchley encountered a great white while diving in the Bahamas. One of the two creatures was literally scared shitless by the chance meeting, but it wasn't Benchley: "The shark froze, too. And then, abruptly, frantically, implausibly, the great white wheeled around, voided its bowels, and disappeared in a nasty brown cloud." Though Benchley says his research for the book reflected the wisdom of the times, by the 90s we knew that only 10-12 of the 368 known species of sharks had ever been known to bother humans, and the attacks were often accidental--a human on a surfboard looks remarkably like a sea lion from underwater, apparently. Also, all those years of casting them as our enemies (which, as you've seen in this gallery, PopSci was also quite guilty of) resulted in untold millions of dead sharks. "For every recorded attack on a human being, more than four million sharks are destroyed by human beings."