Shark attacks rise in unexpected areas due to warmer weather



As television enthusiasts enjoy Shark Week 2019 on Discovery Channel, a recent study revealed the probability of finding a shark while you are at a beach on your vacation.

SafeWise evaluated the data about the history of shark attacks in the U.S. since 2000 and discovered that shark attacks have significantly increased in recent years, especially in the Northeast region due to increasing temperatures of the ocean.

As a result of higher temperatures, warmer oceans have caused uncommon shark attacks stretching across the coast of the Carolinas to Maine.

The study also revealed that shark attacks are most reported in the state of Hawaii and Florida. However, there are still just 44 incidents every year despite about 91 million recreational swimmers yearly.

There have been only 17 fatal shark attacks over the last 20 years, but the overall number for less threatening shark attacks have remained the same, with 429 non-fatal attacks occurred during 2000 to 2009 and 436 during 2010 to 2019.

SafeWise also reported that men are most likely to be the victim of a shark attack, with 3 out of every 4 victims being male. Given the minimal statistics of how rare fatal attacks are, people are more likely to die from excessive cold or flu than a shark.

For travelers planning to take a beach vacation, SafeWise has provided some useful tips that can come handy while enjoying on the beach. The list includes tips like swimming together, not entering the water at night, heeding all shark warning and keeping the shore within sight.

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