Fewer conflicts between sharks and humans

Last year, 57 people were injured worldwide in unprovoked shark attacks. This is down from the previous year when 73 incidents were reported. As a result, the number of attacks has fallen to levels three years ago, a ten-year low. The new results represent the current level compared to the previous year and the lowest number in a decade, but peaks were recorded in several regional hotspots.

This is according to the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File report. Shark attacks have claimed the lives of five people in the past year. The year before, nine deaths were reported due to animal attacks.

It is International Shark Attack File He further notes that another 32 attacks were recorded where animal aggression was intentionally or unintentionally triggered, including fishing lines or bait in the water in the immediate vicinity of the incident.

Why is this important?

In the past, an average of 74 shark attacks were reported per year. However, three years ago, a notable exception was recorded, where fewer than sixty incidents were recorded. That phenomenon, researchers say, may be due to the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis, which has led to travel restrictions and beach closures, making encounters between humans and sharks less likely. Scientists say last year’s decline may be a reflection of declining shark populations worldwide.

Logical explanation: There are several logical explanations for the decline in shark attacks, researchers say.

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  • “In general, shark populations are declining in the world’s oceans, which may have contributed to the recent decline in attacks,” said Gavin Naylor, director of the Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History.
  • “There could have been fewer deaths because of it

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