I too have very little interest in swimming in the ocean, but have always been fascinated by sharks. I also like eating shark on occasion. That being said, they are treated pretty badly by humans. Seeing a video of dozens or hundreds of sharks with their fins cut off being thrown back in the water from Asian fishing trawlers is pretty disturbing. I've also watched parts of shark fishing tournaments on the OLN network, and these guys brutalize the Makos, Blues, and Threshers they're catching. Once, I would like to see one of these knobs fall in the water.
If anybody is interested in a great read about White sharks and the people obsessed with studying and protecting them, they should check out "The Devil's Teeth" by Susan Casey. She spends some time on the Farallon Islands with a group of scientists. Some of these guys have been featured on "Shark Week". Informative and exciting. They call the huge female whites that inhabit that area in the fall, "The Sisterhood".
Overall, the White gets a bad rap. Beware the Bull Shark. That's been the main problem in Florida, and really around the world. They can live in fresh water, and are responsible for many shallow water attacks in rivers in South Africa, India, etc.
Sorry if I sound preachy. I say if ya swims wit 'em, ya takes ya chances.
I like Muskies. We practice CPR. Catch, Photo, Release.