WHAT IT IS
- Shark attacks are rising in frequency, with 59 reports in the U.S. last year (up from 31 in 2011).
- The attacks are prominent in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, California and Hawaii.
- 2015 set the record for shark attacks around the world.
WHY IT MATTERS
With warmer waters, more people are going swimming. They’re not the only ones. Sharks are swimming closer to the shore. With more people and more sharks at the water’s edge, the chances of a shark attack resulting in serious injury or fatality occurring are higher than ever.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- Certain areas are devising methods to deal with the increasing frequency of attacks.
- The methods are expensive and, if applied long-term, can damage the ecosystem.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
- How much should we blame our impact on the environment for the increase in attacks?
- Should we resort to violent methods such as culling to lower the shark population, or will the risk to our ecosystems and our moral compass prevent us from doing so?
- Do we edit our behavior due to rising chances of being attacked, or do we take the risk?