It's often been said that wild animals like wolves, bears, sharks, and snakes get an unfairly bad rap. Although all of these animals can be dangerous to encounter, it's not unusual for people to attribute their attacks to malice and that doesn't accurately describe why these attacks happen.
For many of the animals I outlined above, they may be inclined to attack if they feel we're threatening their territory or cornering them. However, as the nonprofit Oceana explained about sharks, it's often the case that they didn't mean to attack a human when that occurs.
Instead, they mistook it for their prey. Of course, while that confusion could be understandable, it doesn't make it any less harrowing when situations like the one that befell one Australian surfer arise.