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(WTSP/Newser) -- A study from the Shark Research Institute here in Florida confirms what surfers and divers have been saying for a while: sharks prefer to approach humans from behind.

Their study in Animal Cognitionbacks up anecdotal evidence that on the rare occasions when sharks attack,they tend to do so from the rear, reports the Economist.

"They truly do swim up from behind, be it that they want to sneak up orthey don't want to be seen," the lead researcher tells LiveScience. "It doesn't mean they sneak up in a way of having a vicious thought; mainly, they are curious but at the same time cautious."

The study also shows sharks can tell the difference between the front and the back of a human.

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