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Are Shark Attacks Increasing?

Experts say yes, but only because more people are entering the ocean every year. They say the number of attacks per capita has remained consistent.

California shark attack: Why so many great white encounters this year?

Many experts agree that smartphones are giving people unprecedented ability to record white shark encounters – adding to the attention these encounters receive – and they say the pattern of attacks and sightings fits well into their understanding of the shark’s seasonal migrations.

Above all, they agree that data show white shark attacks remain exceedingly rare, and the threat posed by them is small.

An update on last weeks’ story about shark attacks on the Treasure Coast:

(WPTV) - Two young men are recovering after two shark bites in just two days in the waters off of Florida’s Treasure Coast.

Brandon Murray, 22, and Brandon Taylor, 21, have the same first name and the same fate after hopping in the water and onto their boards just north of Sebastian Inlet State Park.

"The whole shark. I could just feel the whole body on my arm," said Taylor. "Pure muscle, just pure muscle."

On Monday afternoon, Murray was surfing off Spanish House point.

As he was about to take his last wave into shore, a 4-foot shark came out of the water with its mouth wide open.

"Right when I turned around the shark just jumped out of the water and spun and just grabbed my foot," said Murray.

The shark’s teeth caught Murray’s left foot.

His ‘pinky’ toe was left hanging on by a thread.

(Source: wcsh6.com)

A 21-year-old surfer who was bitten on the arm by a shark drove himself to a fire station for treatment Tuesday, authorities said.

Paramedics treated him for a wound on his arm and took him to the Sebastian River Medical Center, Burkeen said.

The bite was not life-threatening, paramedics said.

(Source: wptv.com)

Shark attack survivor talks about regaining her life

She remembers being in the ocean, seeing men on Jet Skis yelling at her as she rinsed off after a game of beach volleyball. Out in waist-deep water, Moore didn’t know the men were driving sharks away from a nearby resort.
“I had no idea of any danger. I just thought I was in their way,” said Moore.

Shark attack survivor talks about regaining her life

She remembers being in the ocean, seeing men on Jet Skis yelling at her as she rinsed off after a game of beach volleyball. Out in waist-deep water, Moore didn’t know the men were driving sharks away from a nearby resort.

“I had no idea of any danger. I just thought I was in their way,” said Moore.

Shark attacks man in Cocoa Beach

A surfer’s day at the beach ended abruptly when he was bitten by a shark Sunday afternoon.

Officials said the surfer was a 52-year-old male who suffered lacerations to both feet. He was able to make it to shore, where paramedics treated him and took him to Cape Canaveral Hospital.

Follow up on last week’s story about a Florida surfer getting attacked:

“I side paddled and got back into shallow water and a couple of other guys came up and got me,” explained Andrew.
Andrew was rushed to a local hospital where he underwent a 2-1/2 hour surgery to remove a broken shark tooth that was embedded in his foot and to repair tendons that were lacerated.
Andrew, who explained his inexperience as a patient, spent the next four nights under the watchful eye of the doctors and nurses, who pumped him with an IV drip of antibiotics in an attempt to stave off a potential infection from the shark bite.

Follow up on last week’s story about a Florida surfer getting attacked:

“I side paddled and got back into shallow water and a couple of other guys came up and got me,” explained Andrew.

Andrew was rushed to a local hospital where he underwent a 2-1/2 hour surgery to remove a broken shark tooth that was embedded in his foot and to repair tendons that were lacerated.

Andrew, who explained his inexperience as a patient, spent the next four nights under the watchful eye of the doctors and nurses, who pumped him with an IV drip of antibiotics in an attempt to stave off a potential infection from the shark bite.

Tiger Shark Throwdown (Shark Week)

Growing up in Hawaii, I never imagined it would be possible to fear an inanimate object, or to fear losing or damaging that object. Fifteen years ago I lost my leg to a tiger shark. Surprisingly, that was the easy part. The dependence on a prosthetic leg, fashioned from molded plastic, metal bolts, and a rubber foot: That was a different animal. I am blessed to still walk, but that same prosthetic has filled me with more fear than a shark ever could.

Paralympics 2012: Achmat Hassiem, Shark Attack Survivor, Wins Bronze In 100M Butterfly

LONDON — Paralympic swimmer Achmat Hassiem uses special motivation to go fast: He imagines being chased by the great white shark that bit off his right leg.
The South African was attacked by a shark off the coast of Cape Town six years ago after he lured the great white away from his younger brother. Before then Hassiem had competed in various sports, including swimming, but wasn’t sure what to do after losing his leg.

Paralympics 2012: Achmat Hassiem, Shark Attack Survivor, Wins Bronze In 100M Butterfly

LONDON — Paralympic swimmer Achmat Hassiem uses special motivation to go fast: He imagines being chased by the great white shark that bit off his right leg.

The South African was attacked by a shark off the coast of Cape Town six years ago after he lured the great white away from his younger brother. Before then Hassiem had competed in various sports, including swimming, but wasn’t sure what to do after losing his leg.