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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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2009-01-12 10:05:00

An Australian snorkeler who punched a shark that attacked him south of Sydney was in stable condition Monday, doctors said. Steve Fogarty, 24, had his lower leg ripped in a midmorning Monday attack off the south coast of New South Wales by what is believed to have been a bull shark, officials said. The country's beaches are on high alert and several stretches of coast have been closed after a spate of savage shark attacks and many other shark sightings. Fogarty punched this brown shadow and...

2008-08-26 15:00:39

A 20-year-old surfer in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., suffered an injury to his foot after being attacked by a shark last weekend, authorities say. Volusia County Beach Patrol spokesman Capt. Scott Petersohn said Sunday's shark attack came as the man was swimming at an area beach, the Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal said Tuesday. The shark bit the man in his foot as he was towing his surfboard behind him and was immediately taken to the hospital by friends, Petersohn said. The Beach Patrol...

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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...

2006-08-14 03:04:40

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African lifeguard had his foot bitten "clean off" when a shark attacked him during a training exercise off a beach near Cape Town, officials said. Achmat Hassiem, 24, and his brother and fellow lifeguard Taariq, 17, were in the water off False Bay on Sunday when Achmat spotted a shark and yelled to his brother to get into a nearby boat. "I got in the boat. The shark turned and went straight for my brother," Taariq told the SAPA news agency. "I stuck...

2006-02-12 20:39:48

By Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - Peter Benchley, author of the bestseller "Jaws" that was the basis for the blockbuster movie that terrified beachgoers and kept many out of the water for years, died at his home at age 65, his family said on Sunday. Benchley, well-known for other water-based suspense fiction including "The Deep" and "The Island," which also spawned films, died of complications from pulmonary fibrosis, his son-in-law Chris Turner told Reuters. Benchley was...

2006-02-12 20:35:00

By Chris Michaud NEW YORK -- Peter Benchley, author of the bestseller "Jaws" that was the basis for the blockbuster movie that terrified beachgoers and kept many out of the water for years, died at his home at age 65, his family said on Sunday. Benchley, well-known for other water-based suspense fiction including "The Deep" and "The Island," which also spawned films, died of complications from pulmonary fibrosis, his son-in-law Chris Turner told Reuters. Benchley was diagnosed with the...

2006-02-12 19:55:00

By Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - Peter Benchley, the author of the bestseller "Jaws" which was made into a blockbuster movie that kept beachgoers out of the water for years, died at his home at age 65, his family said on Sunday. Benchley, well-known for other water-based suspense fiction including "The Deep" and "The Island," both of which also spawned films, died of complications from pulmonary fibrosis, his son-in-law Chris Turner told Reuters. Benchley was diagnosed with the condition...

2005-08-24 10:15:31

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Emergency crews were set to resume their search at first light on Thursday for a diver taken by a shark in the sea off Australia's rugged southern coast. The man was one of two university researchers who had been diving off a boat to collect cuttlefish eggs about 2 km (1.2 miles) off Glenelg, near the South Australian state capital, Adelaide, when the shark struck. Colleagues hauled the second man back onto the boat but the shark used its snout to push the first...

2005-07-01 19:38:12

MIAMI (Reuters) - A 19-year-old Austrian tourist wasattacked by a shark along Florida's Gulf Coast on Friday, thethird victim in less than a week of the ferocious predatorsthat roam the waters around the Florida peninsula. Armin Trojer from Baden, Austria, was bitten on the rightankle by the shark while swimming in chest-deep waters off BocaGrande, 140 miles northwest of Miami, said Lee County Sheriff'sDeputy Angelo Vaughn. Vaughn said the extent of Trojer's injuries was not clearbut "it's...


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  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
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This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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