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Oil spill may be pushing sharks toward Florida beaches

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The appearance of a huge man-eating shark near a Florida beach on the cusp of the summer swimming season would not usually evoke a sympathetic response from either beachgoers or local tourism boosters. But the discovery of a weakened, disoriented tiger shark — measuring more than 11 feet and weighing some 800 pounds — in the surf of Nokomis Beach last month has become something of a poignant symbol for what scientists fear most from the Gulf oil spill: the…

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