UF Researchers Promote Shark Week as a Learning Opportunity
Published August 6th, 2013
GAINESVILLE - It's a busy week for shark scientists and enthusiasts all over the world.
For the 26th year "Shark Week" is drawing attention to one of the most ferocious animals in the marine world.
53 shark attacks occurred in the u-s last year and despite common fears, experts say shark numbers are declining.
The most recent shark attack was reported in the bahamas on august first according to www.sharksurvivors.com.
In recent years there's been increases in shark attacks and shark sightings, but UF shark expert George Burgess says this is nothing to be alarmed about.
"There's a temptation among people among the media to wanna say there's a huge rise in sharks as a result of that, i think the best thing to equate that to is that there's a lot more car accidents now than there were 100 years ago," says Burgess.
Burgess says that sharks aren't getting more aggressive, but the human population is expanding and encroaching on natural shark habitats.
Globally there were 81 shark attacks in 2012, counting up until the end of last month that number stands at 30.
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