18.07.23 Shark Week

July 23, 2018
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FEAR VS. FACT:
Shark Week Edition

4 attacks this month & a Great White sighting in California. How worried should you be?

Duh-Nuh, duh-nuh…

1 in 3,748,067:
Odds of Dying by Shark

"Mosquitos kill far more people than sharks. Family dogs kill far more people than sharks. Maybe 10 people worldwide are killed by sharks (per year)."



Marie Levine, Shark Research Institute Founder

CLICK: Odd Shark Odds

JULY SHARK INCIDENTS:

  • Long Island, NY:A Two children bit in separate incidents, 4 miles apart.
  • Fernandina Beach, FL: Rare double shark attack minutes apart.
  • San Clemente, CA: Great white spotted feeding on dead whale.

OK, Deep Breath…

  • Last year in the US, there were 53 unprovoked, shark attacks, in line with the 5-year average.
  • NONE of the attacks were fatal.
  • Globally, there are 6 deaths/year on average due to unprovoked shark attacks, but conservationists point out about 100M sharks & rays are killed each year by fisheries.

If the long odds of a shark attack don't comfort you, there are a few tips to survive an attack – why "acting big" not "playing dead" is key. Read more here.

by Jenna Lee,

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