Shark Attack or Shark Bite
Medical Authors: Frederick Hecht, MD, FAAP,
FACMG, and Cynde Lee, BS, MEd
According to the International Shark Attack File, "The number of shark attacks overall increased from 63 in 2006 to 71 in 2007." Their theory as to the increase in attacks is the increase in people entering the water. As a society, people are generally more active at the beach now; it's no longer just a place to get a tan. The beach enthusiast today is active; surfing, body surfing, boogie boarding, swimming, and snorkeling.
Most shark attacks are not feeding events. Sharks generally bite or attack people by mistake, thinking they are prey.
To decrease the chance of becoming a victim of a shark attack, observe the following rules:
Often, provoked attacks are caused by humans touching sharks. This involves unhooking sharks or removing them from fishing nets.
Unprovoked attacks happen when sharks make the first contact. This can take three forms:
References: International Shark Attack File. University of Florida, "Human deaths from shark attacks hit 20-year low last year," February 12, 2008
Last Editorial Review: 4/25/2008
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