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Migrating Sharks May Be To Blame For Increased Attacks

September 10, 2013

Researchers say the large numbers of shark attacks off the coast of Hawaii may be explained by migratory patterns. A 7-year study of the tiger shark movement from biologists at the Universities of Hawaii and Florida found that about 25% of mature female tiger sharks that normally stick close to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands travel to the Main Hawaiian Islands in the late summer and fall, primarily to give birth. This migration coincides with increased reports of shark attacks. Already this year there have been 8 reported attacks and the first fatal attack since 2004.

[ Read the Article: Tiger Shark Attacks In Hawaii More Prominent During Migration ]