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(Trebuchet Magazine)   Not just face-eating zombies, gators and gang warfare. Florida now comes with world-leading Shark Attack figures   (trebuchet-magazine.com) divider line 12
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2013-02-12 10:15:52 AM
booobbbieeessss
 
2013-02-12 10:23:18 AM
well there are a few ways to avoid shark attacks.

However, when I was little and my mom took me to see jaws at the drive in, I could barely get in a swimming pool.  Thanks mom.
 
2013-02-12 10:33:41 AM
This is not news.
 
2013-02-12 10:38:08 AM
Subby no can read good. The FA said nothing about leading the world in shark attacks. It said it leads the US. Australia's north coast and the Great Barrier Reef is where the most shark attacks occur.
 
2013-02-12 10:46:37 AM
Thankfully, most sharks off the coast of florida are small.  As in they aren't great whites.  Bull sharks can do damage, but at least they're not jumping out of the water and swallowing me whole.

I imagine a good number of our shark attacks are from stupid tourists who go scuba diving and try to pet nurse sharks.  I bet florida leads the nation in moray eel attacks too.

I just make sure I'm not the furthest person from the shore, and that seems to work well enough.
 
2013-02-12 10:56:28 AM
1,300 miles of coastline, 19 million residents, 80 million tourists..it's a shark buffet.
 
2013-02-12 10:56:43 AM

JackieRabbit: Subby no can read good. The FA said nothing about leading the world in shark attacks. It said it leads the US. Australia's north coast and the Great Barrier Reef is where the most shark attacks occur.


They apparently make a distinction between "provoked" and "unprovoked" attacks.  I'd guess that most of those in Florida are "provoked."  Rather like tempting a dog with a slab of bacon.
 
2013-02-12 11:31:30 AM
The reason for increased shark attacks in Florida is simple: too damn many people.

The population of the state has more than tripled in the last 30 years, especially along the beaches.

I recently used Google Earth to examine my city and was appalled to find that it's now developed from one county line to the next. Thousands of acres of wild woods are gone. The vast beaches we had, with ample strips of undeveloped and often protected lands are around 80% paved over for high end communities.

Increased population in a limited space means more stuff washed into the ocean. That's kind of like chumming the waters. Then the amount of swimmers and boaters increase dramatically, which in turn raises the potential for attacks and other incidents -- such as stomping on a stingray and getting speared.

Of course, my town responded to the increase in beach goers by cutting the budget for life guards, who used to, among other things, keep on the lookout for sharks.

Since we've known shipwrecks off the coast, found ages ago by a professional treasure hunter who made millions in salvaging the old Spanish wrecks, and the price of gold has soared to unheard of levels, naturally we have a whole bunch of treasure hunters infesting the beaches and diving off the beaches.

Hard economic times means we also have a bunch of fishermen who do illegal fishing at night with small spot lights and spears. They gut their catch, dump the offal over the side and sell it to fish stores.

The amount of large pleasure boat traffic has just exploded and many of them dump their on board toilets into the sea. Those boats without facilities just kinda have the passengers go over the side.

This, again, is like chumming the waters.

Sharks tend to migrate to where the most food is. Imagine Florida coast lines as one big row of restaurants -- pumping out savory scents of good food. Sharks will darn near drive right up to the doors.

I live in Vero Beach. Check it out with Google Earth. All of those plowed acres west of the city used to be wild woods a few years back. Those clusters of homes on the barrier island, especially in the Southern Section used to be 'protected wild lands' and some salt water swamps.

In nature, when a population explodes in any single area, it attracts predators. No matter what, an increased population is also going to dump a major amount of krap in the waters, much of which can attract big predators. Simple runoff from things like dumpsters in rain storms will do it.

You can also visit the highest point in Vero Beach: the dump. Locals call it Mt. Vero. People living downwind from it or driving along I-95 in the summer have other, much less pleasant names for the site.
 
2013-02-12 12:37:10 PM
In the old days we used to refer to shark attacks as "drownings", don't want to upset the tourist business, y'know.
 
2013-02-12 01:07:05 PM
This isn't new. Hell New Smyrna Beach is the shark attack capital of the world because it forms a natural feeding ground for sharks with the inlet, and they love to have surf contests there.20+ attacks there a year  alone isn't that common.
 
2013-02-12 01:34:24 PM
I'm cheering for the sharks, as I cheered for the Indians against the cowboys and cavalry when I was a kid.

Besides, I have a theory that sharks have saved far more human lives than they have ever taken because they keep idiots out of the water where their innate stupidity and maladaptation would lead to their drowning far more often if they weren't chicken of the Sea, or worse yet, the wanton destruction of sea life and habitat.

As Jacques Cousteau might put it, "Les requins ... ces beaux garde-fous malentendus de la Mer ...."

Some humans are just slow getting the message:  stay out of the water when sharks are around. Don't destroy the beauty of the sea while enjoying it. Stop the cruel and wantonly destructive fishing for shark fins (the animals are often thrown back alive after their fins are cut off--and some fishermen have been accused of using live dogs for bait, sometimes with a giant hook in them).

Sharks are not only over-fished, but they are side-catch of swordfish, tuna and other fisheries. An article yesterday said that in the Nova Scotia fishery, two sharks die for each swordfish caught--and that's a good record, which merits a certification of "sustainable" fishing.

Humans have a lousy record for living with top predators. We wipe them out. Tigers, lions, bears, sharks ... all gone or endangered anywhere humans live in any numbers. This royally screws up the food web, and we are part of the food web--we haven't got technology to synthesize healthy, palatable and cheap food yet. We live in Nature or we die in Nature.

As Charles Darwin, whose birthday it is today, might have put it, but didn't, it is not necessarily the strongest or the most intelligent who survive, but those who best adapt to new conditions (this was actually formulated by Leon C. Megginson, a sociologist--you can find the attribution debunked on the Darwin Letters site, and this true source on Wikiquote). We haven't learned to adapt. We rely on strength and intelligence, both of which prove to be weaknesses when they are abused. A faster, more powerful engine does you no go if you are speeding the wrong way down a track to doom.

Success is an interplay between genetic qualities such as strength, courage, and foresight, and environment. The environment creates and determines the rules of the game, the genes are meaningless except in the environment which selects for them and gives them value. Real environmental "Sustainability" is all about the interplay between our decisions and the environment. Business "sustainability" simply means the businessmen can continue with their business plan, regardless of the externalities created by the destruction of the environment, other species, other people's lives and livelihoods, etc.

Our economies are not environmentally sustainable, even if you can raise farmed-fish or catch swordfish indefinitely if you are wiping out bio-diversity, habitat and other fisheries, tourism, traditional cultures, etc., ruthlessly and without compensation.

Go sharks! And CEOs please, feel free to swim with the sharks! In a way you're a lot alike. You'll both eat any kind of garbage that looks vaguely edible.
 
2013-02-13 03:19:18 AM
@JackieRabbit

The article says that Florida leads the US, you are correct. The article also says that 'North America' leads the world. Here:

'Following long-term trends, most shark bites occurred in North American waters (42). The 53 U.S. incidents include Hawaii and Puerto Rico, which are not recorded as occurring in North American waters in the International Shark Attack File database. Florida led the country with 26'

But to be honest, the whole press release is riddled with category errors. Do 'shark bites' count as 'shark attacks'? Surely there are more attacks than bites, since a nudge from a shark would count as an attack, even if there were no bite. Then fudging the geographic categories by counting 'North America' as a dataset, but not including Hawai'i, despite it being a US state. So presumably we have data on Canada included (which probably doesn't have many attacks),bringing down the 'North American' attack/population rate, whilst Hawaii, which has a relatively low population but relatively high shark attack rates, is excluded from that dataset.

It's a whitewash, designed to confuse.
 
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