September 4, 2009

Shark attacks very rare worldwide

Shark attacks worldwide are rare, with only 40 reported so far in 2009, a Texas A&M University at Galveston marine biologist said.

The reason you hear so much about a shark attack when it occurs is the 'fear factor,' Andre Landry said. When you're in the water, you never really know what is lurking under you or near you.

He said common sense should prevent any worries about shark attacks.

Sharks don't go after humans, they only attack humans when they are mistaken for a food source or are in the way of the shark getting to a food source, a release from the university said.

The odds against being killed by a shark attack are about 1 in 264 million, as reported in data from the International Shark Attack File, part of the Florida Museum of Natural History. Only four of this year's attacks were fatal.