Rise of Shark Attacks

WHAT IT IS

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.

  • THE STATISTICALLY-MINDED: – “It’s all chance”

    • Anomaly:   The recent increase in shark attacks is just a statistical anomaly.
    • Human activity:   Since there are more humans in the water, there are more opportunities for shark attacks.
    • Tourism:   Tourism in places where shark attacks are most common has risen every year since 2009.
  • THE FIXER-UPPERS – “There’s gotta be a reason”

WHERE WE ARE NOW

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?