USA Update Manhattan Beach great white attack: Was the shark provoked? (+video)

The great white shark attack in Manhattan Beach, Calif., Saturday happened when a swimmer accidentally swam toward a shark that had been hooked by a fisherman 45 minutes before and was struggling to get free.

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Shark attacks are so rare that each incident is, by its very nature, unusual. But the attack by a great white shark near the Manhattan Beach Pier in southern California Saturday appeared to be the result of a particularly unusual circumstance.