Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Shark attacks on the rise, but you have almost nothing to worry about

A recent rash of shark attacks in Australia has raised questions about beach safety for swimmers, surfers and divers. It's true that shark attacks have been on the rise, but as the global population has grown, more people have been going in the water for longer periods of time. But sharks should be the least of your worries. One expert told Reuters, "You have more chance of being killed driving to the beach."

Each year, about five people are killed in shark attacks around the world. In case you're keeping score, humans (the commercial fishing industry) kill about 100 million sharks each year (that's according to the Reuters report).

Of the
440 species of sharks we know of, just 12 are considered lethal.

(Photo by
richard ling via Flickr)

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