Thursday, July 15, 2010
Uni study's findings re shark attacks
A University of Florida study released recently suggested that young surfers in black and white bathing suits were most vulnerable to shark attacks or bites. Also, sharks are said to most likely attack surfers and other unsuspecting swimmers in shallow water, on Sundays, during new moons and hot weather. The study based its conclusions on observations and statistics gathered over a 50-year period in Florida's Volusia County. The area is known as the "shark attack capital of the world". According to http://www.taronga.org.au/tcsa/conservation-programs/australian-shark-attack-file/general-information.aspx, "As of June 2009 for all Australian States combined: In the last 20 years, there have been 24 recorded fatalities due to shark attack = averages 1.2 per year. In the last 50 years, there have been 52 recorded fatalities due to shark attack = averages 1.04 per year." Visit http://www.news.com.au/world/shark-attacks-spike-on-new-moons-study/story-e6frfkyi-1225872458248 for further details re the University of Florida study.