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NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the summer beach season opens in the United States, at least one expert is predicting an increase in shark attacks around the world this year that will surpass last year's record number. "We should have more bites this year than last," George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida, said in an interview shortly before the Memorial Day holiday weekend that signals the unofficial start of America's summer vacation - and beach - season. In 2015, there were 98 shark attacks, including six fatalities, according to Burgess. Why the increased bloodshed? Shark populations are slowly recovering from historic lows in the 1990s, the world's human population has grown and rising temperatures are leading more people to go swimming, Burgess said. Still, the university notes that fatal shark attacks, while undeniably graphic, are so infrequent that beachgoers face a higher risk of being killed by sand collapsing as the result of over achieving sand castle builders. With their fearsome teeth and dorsal fins the inspiration for hit movies, TV series and beach-town souvenirs, it is hard to believe that a century ago American scientists did not believe sharks would fatally attack humans in U.S. temperate waters without provocation. That changed in July 1916, when four people were killed in attacks near the New Jersey shore, a series of deaths blamed on a sea turtle until a great white shark with human remains in its stomach was captured nearby. Since those attacks, public opinion of sharks has changed dramatically, with swimmers' fears fanned by fiction, from the 1975 Academy Award-winning film "Jaws," based on Peter Benchley's book about a giant man-eater, to the Discovery Channel's modern "Shark Week" summer television series.
The bull shark prefers coastal water which is less than 100 feet in depth. This is mostly due to their feeding patterns, since they prefer murky waters. This is also a problem since this gives the most interaction with humans. It is known that bull sharks inhabit areas off the coast of Florida, and there have been reports of bull sharks getting close enough to the coast to bite humans since the bull shark is a territorial animal, which encourages aggressive behaviour.[
The bull shark is known for a nasty temper and raw brute strength –It’s the shark world’s Bad Boy
The bull shark is a massive creature responsible for a number of Florida fatal shark attacks in both salt and fresh waters.
Most sport scuba divers and fishermen report the bull shark is a species with a “bad attitude” and a nasty temperament. They are also extremely unpredictable when provoked, threatened or agitated sometimes attacking boats and anything else within their reach.
There are other factors which make this specie especially dangerous and responsible for many documented shark attacks. These territorial sharks can grow to incredibly awesome proportions and exhibit bone crushing strength. What makes them even more dangerous is they are commonly found in shallow waters only a few feet in depth. Add the fact the bull shark commonly ventures into freshwater, such as rivers, and you have a deadly equation.
Just a mere 15 feet offshore on a Pensacola, FL beach a youngster was playing in the water in 2002 when a bull shark grabbed his arm. In this remarkable story the child’s uncle wrestled the shark ashore after the boy had lost his arm to the shark. The 200-pound bull shark was killed and the boy’s arm removed from its jaws. The arm was immediately iced down and then at a hospital after a 12-hour operation, the arm was reattached. The boy did recover, at least physically, after this gruesome ordeal.
Bull sharks are one Florida shark specie blamed on shark attacks
The bull shark has a nasty temper and is found in Florida inshore waters and sometime even in freshwater rivers.
Florida, with it’s many estuaries and waterways, is a favorite haunt for the bull shark, although it is responsible for attacks worldwide. These sharks move freely through shallow and murky waters and seek out these depths to spawn.
In the Florida Keys bull sharks are a great source of sport for anglers who tackle bull sharks exceeding 200 pounds in waters less than chin deep. The sharks provide a fishing challenge on light tackle and even fly rods. The sharks are “chummed up” behind an anchored fishing boat utilizing a stringer of sliced up barracuda. Apparently, the scent and blood of a barracuda is irresistible to the bull shark. Then the fisherman coaxes the shark to take a lure and an exciting battle ensues.
In another Florida incident, a mother and her 15-year-old daughter were paddling in ocean waters aboard their surfboards when a shark pulled the teen off her board and under the waves twice. The younger woman was saved by her mother and the attack was labeled as likely being a bull shark.
“There’s no way this thing is going to kill my daughter,” the mother exclaimed to reporters after rescuing her child. “I grabbed her shoulders and I pulled her up and I threw her on the nose of my board.”
Surfing enthusiasts are often the target of shark attacks. Since erratic motions, such as paddling and moving arms and legs, are an attraction to sharks, surfing can be one of the surest means of a shark encounter. A black wet suit adds to a surfer’s desirability as a meal since the possible prey may resemble a seal in disguise.
originally posted by: network dude
And most importantly, there are no sharks in the pool. Enjoy your summer, and don't be part of the food chain.
originally posted by: 5StarOracle
a reply to: Krypto1
I'm pretty sure the majority of fatal shark attacks occur in 3 feet of water...
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: Krypto1
Bull sharks are also pumped full of testosterone naturally which doesn't help with their aggressive nature. They're actually more dangerous than great white sharks when it comes right down to it because you can encounter them in more places and they are just plain meaner.
Sharks make extensive use of estuaries as nursery habitat and a source of food, and North Carolina is loaded with estuaries. The Albemarle-Pamlico Sound system is the largest barrier island lagoon in the U.S. and offers a huge variety of habitat for sharks, from large seagrass beds to river mouths to treacherously shifting inlets. The smaller sounds behind the state’s other barrier islands also get a lot of shark use. Juvenile sharks and smaller species can be found within the sounds, and adults will occasionally venture inside the inlets to chase schools of fish and other prey. While most sharks stick to the saltier parts of the sound, the entire system is available to the bull shark thanks to its ability to tolerate fresh water. Juvenile and adult bull sharks have been caught near the mouth of the Pamlico River, and fishermen and researchers alike have encountered large adults in the rivers of North Carolina.
originally posted by: syrinx high priest
I was in cape cod a few years ago and there was a great white sighting at the beach we were at only the day before
the seals at monomoy bring them in
I really wish I could have seen one, total bucket list right there