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Tourism drives increase in global shark attacks


Published on Feb 15, 2012

Increased global tourism and global warming have been blamed for a spike in deadly shark attacks recorded in 2011.

Tourism and global warming have been identified as two driving factors behind a spike in deadly shark attacks in 2011. Data released by the University of Florida shows that the number of shark attacks hit 46 last year, with a fatality rate of 25%, double the 7% death rate recorded over the preceding decade.

Countries that recorded shark attack deaths included Australia with three fatal out of 11 attacks; South Africa, two fatal out of five; the French island of Reunion, two deaths in four attacks; and Seychelles with two attacks both ending in death. Other countries with non-fatal shark attacks included Indonesia (three), Mexico (three), Russia (three) and Brazil (two).

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