May
29
2007

Have you hugged a shark today?

Non-problem: With only four fatal shark attacks recorded around the world last year, experts describe shark attacks as a "non-problem." What do you think? (photo by davecompton987)
Non-problem: With only four fatal shark attacks recorded around the world last year, experts describe shark attacks as a "non-problem." What do you think? (photo by davecompton987)
Now that Memorial Day is behind us, it’s on to summer and that can mean just one thing: lots of media attention about shark attacks.

But the most recent compilation of shark attack data shows that only four people worldwide died in 2006 from unprovoked shark attacks. A total of 58 people around the globe sustained injuries from sharks.

George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida, not that the numbers may be lower than average, but still point out that sharks get a lot of bad press.

Shark attack fatalities actually were increasing in numbers in the late 20th Century, due largely in part to an increased number of people finding recreation in deep sea diving.

But recent numbers have dipped back down to what Burgess calls a “non-problem, a minor, minor thing.”

None of the fatalities happened off of U.S. waters. A total of 38 injuries happened in the U.S. last year.

So why do shark attack stories generate so much publicity? Personally, I think it’s another sign of our sensationalizing media. They know it’s an automatic story that’s going to generate attention and ratings. What do you think about the hype surrounding shark attacks?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i like that shark it looks mean

posted on Thu, 05/31/2007 - 10:23am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

no da sherlock of course all sharks look mean.

posted on Fri, 10/19/2007 - 3:33pm
Thor's picture
Thor says:

If you want to kind of get close to a shark but not hug it (in virtual terms) you can check out the new Sharks 3D movie opening Saturday (tomorrow) in the Science Museum's 3D Cinema!

posted on Fri, 06/08/2007 - 3:13pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

r u crazy!!!!!

posted on Fri, 06/08/2007 - 3:28pm

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