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U.S. Shark Expert: 'Shark Attacks Will Increase'

  • Osvaldo Nunez , Design & Trend Contributor
  • Jun, 24, 2014, 03:43 PM
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(Photo : Facebook / Shark Week) According to U.S. shark experts, there will be more shark attacks along the beaches this summer. Their logic states that because of rising temperatures, there will be more people going into the water and there has been an increase of sharks on both coasts of the U.S.

According to U.S. shark experts, there will be more shark attacks along the beaches this summer. Their logic states that because of rising temperatures, there will be more people going into the water and there has been an increase of sharks on both coasts of the U.S.

Another reason is that global warming is causing the shoreline waters to become warmer, resulting in people spending more time waterborne.

Currently there are over 2,400 great white sharks off the coast of California. Nonetheless, sharks are apex predators and they dominate their food chain.

"If something is wrong with the largest, most powerful group in the sea, then something is wrong with the sea, so it's a relief to find they're in good shape," said Director George Burgess in an interview with Discovery News.

He insists that sharks' increasing numbers are due to the decent care they are receiving from U.S. regulatory agencies.

The rise does not necessarily correlate with increase aggression. Last summer, there were only 27 shark attacks, with only one being fatal. Sharks do not actively seek human sustenance, and instead prefer to eat fish, seals, and sea lions.

In 2012, burgess offered a great reason why most shark attacks happen in the U.S.

"The U.S. has a large coastline and is a very large country. We have two major continental coastlines plus Hawaii, so we're probably one of the biggest areas for shark-inhabited coastline around. Plus, you have a large population that has the means and the interest to enter the water on a daily basis. Because we're a rich country, we have the ability to spend money to go to the beach and do it in style. We also have in some quarters, particularly in Florida and Hawaii, the ability to enter the water year-round. It's not surprising that Florida leads the U.S. in incidents and, in fact, is usually the geographic region in the world with the most incidents. It's entirely predictable based on the number of humans in the water and the number of sharks."

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