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Shark Attacks In The US Have Increased
2013-02-12 05:29:12

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The International Shark Attack File report released this week by the University of Florida reveals shark attacks in the US reached a decade high in 2012. Worldwide fatalities, however, remained average. In 2012, the US saw 53 shark attacks. This is the highest number since 2000. Globally, there were seven fatalities due to shark attack, which is lower than 2011, but higher than the average of 4.4 from 2001 to 2011. According to...

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2011-02-09 07:35:00

The United States, as it has in the past, led the world in incidents of unprovoked shark attacks in 2010, according to researchers from Florida. In all, there were a record 79 attacks around the world in 2010, the highest that number has been in any year over the past ten years, the researchers said. The US led with 36 shark attack incidents, followed by Australia with 14 and South Africa with 8 attacks. Vietnam and Egypt were next with six attacks each. The report -- The International...

2009-12-01 13:58:28

Hit-and-run attacks by sharks can be solved with a new technique that identifies the culprits by the unique chomp they put on their victims, according to a University of Florida researcher and shark expert. In a method analogous to analyzing human fingerprints, scientists can make identifications by precisely comparing shark bites to the jaws and teeth of the powerful predators, said George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File, which is housed at UF's Florida Museum of...

2009-09-04 22:48:40

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...

2009-02-20 09:50:01

The recession may be responsible for a slump of a different sort: an unexpected dive in shark attacks, says a University of Florida researcher.Shark attacks worldwide in 2008 dipped to their lowest level in five years, a sign that Americans may be forgoing vacation trips to the beach, said George Burgess, ichthyologist and director of the International Shark Attack File, which is housed at UF.According to the latest statistics released today, the total number of shark attacks declined from 71...

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2009-01-16 09:55:00

The three shark attacks in Australia this week has created a "Jaws" media frenzy, but in actuality, sharks are more in danger in the ocean than humans.Sharks are fierce, unmatched predators, until humans embark on the ocean.Commercial fishing and shark fin soup kills 100 million sharks, even endangered sharks, around the world each year, announced the Shark Research Institute in Australia.Ironically, sharks do not enjoy eating humans. Hardly any shark attacks entail sharks consuming humans,...

2008-07-30 18:00:18

By Shelby Sebens, Star-News, Wilmington, N.C. Jul. 30--OAK ISLAND -- David Roseman has been shark fishing for 50 years. But he doesn't keep or kill the lion of the ocean. He just enjoys the thrill of the fight. Roseman respects the importance of sharks and their role in the ocean. Standing at the end of Ocean Crest Pier on Tuesday morning, he likened the top predator of the ocean to a buzzard. "He eats the garbage out of the ocean," he said. Contrary to their media-driven...

2008-07-12 00:00:06

Three possible shark sightings have been reported near Martha's Vineyard, Mass., where the 1975 beach thriller blockbuster movie Jaws was filmed. The Boston Herald said a lifeguard spotted a large shark swimming through the waves off South Beach Wednesday. The shark was also reportedly seen from overhead by a sightseeing plane and was reported by an anonymous caller from Joseph Sylvia Beach. This is a large shark, Edgartown Harbor Master Charles Blair told the Herald. We don't know the...

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2008-02-12 13:15:00

Fatal shark attacks worldwide dipped to their lowest levels in two decades in 2007 with the sole casualty involving a swimmer vacationing in the South Pacific, according to the latest statistics from the University of Florida.Except for 1987, when there were no fatalities, the last year a single human death occurred from a shark attack was in 1985, said George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File housed at UF's Florida Museum of Natural History. By comparison, there were...

2006-02-13 14:47:21

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Shark attacks dropped in 2005 because people are fighting back more often when threatened and the ranks of ocean predators are thinning, a University of Florida report said on Monday. Worldwide there were 58 shark attacks in 2005, down from 65 a year earlier, and fatalities fell to four from seven, said George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File housed at the university's Florida Museum of Natural History. Attacks have been on...


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