Which of the following animals was used as a form of “terror” against the slaves on the slave ship?

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The Slave Ship contains a thorough and eerie study of the transatlantic slave trade, the largest forced migration in the history of humanity. Many terrors awaited the slaves on board, including starvation, disease, complete dehumanization, and impossibly cramped living conditions. However, there was one factor that remained completely unaware of...

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The Slave Ship contains a thorough and eerie study of the transatlantic slave trade, the largest forced migration in the history of humanity. Many terrors awaited the slaves on board, including starvation, disease, complete dehumanization, and impossibly cramped living conditions. However, there was one factor that remained completely unaware of its part in human cruelty. On the slave ships, the shark existed as a constant terror to the slaves.

It is said that so many dead, dying, and punished slaves were thrown overboard that it changed the migratory patterns of certain groups of sharks. There were many instances where the sharks were used as a means of psychological and physical torture. Rediker even chronicles an event wherein a woman is lowered feet first into the ocean and drawn up with her body severed at her waist.

Life on the ship itself was so torturous, however, that even the terror of the sharks did not stop some slaves from attempting to jump over the edge in a suicide attempt.

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