The annual report of UF’s International Shark Attack File was released today.  Check it out HERE or see an article about it on Discovery News HERE.  Florida wins again!!!….followed by NC, then Hawaii (all my favorite places to live!).

In all seriousness, if George Burgess didn’t maintain this shark attack file and with scientific integrity, there would be no real collective database to turn to in order to quell people’s irrational shark attack fears.  The take home message from the data of every year is that it is, statistically speaking, extremely improbably that you will be bitten by a shark, and even less likely that it will be fatal.  As a shark scientist (that studies nothing to do with shark attacks) I get asked a lot about shark attacks.  I get all my stats and info from this database.  This group even goes so far as to make suggestions to reduce the likelihood of being bitten.  Its interesting stuff.  And if you ask anyone (who actually knows what they’re talking about) its sharks that should be afraid of us, not the other way around.  Humans kill millions of sharks every year…..they only got 6 of us in 2010.


About Tricia

I am a science geek who loves traveling and anything to do with the ocean!

2 responses »

  1. Tricia says:

    Like true scientists, we know how to do our research! 🙂

  2. I give a lot of public education talks about sharks, and the question of shark attacks always comes up. I, too, use the ISAF stats as my primary reference.

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