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Old 28-06-2005, 13:09   #1
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Shark Attacks

The International Shark Attack File: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/Sharks/ISAF/ISAF.htm

The International Shark Attack File is a compilation of all known shark attacks that is administered by the the American Elasmobranch Society and the Florida Museum of Natural History.

The ISAF provides Excellent on-line Shark Attack information, including:

Stats, Trends, Analysis
~ Regional Numbers
~ Trends
~ Contributing Factors
~ Florida Shark Attacks
~ California Shark Attacks
~ White Shark Attacks
~ Shark Attacks on Divers
Relative Risk
~ More People Mean More Attacks
~ Compared to Other Risks
~ Your Odds of Being Attacked
Reducing the Risk
~ Advice to Aquatic Recreationists
~ Advice to Divers
~ Menstruation and Sharks
~ Color of Apparel and Sharks
Shark Attacks In Perspective
~ The Truth About Shark Attacks
How, Where, When Sharks Attack

See also:
Shark Research Institute: http://www.sharks.org/
and:
http://www.auscyber.net/shark/
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Old 28-06-2005, 15:34   #2
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Although shark attacks are very rare, deep water divers and surfers may consider buying shark shield.
I saw a TV program about it (not advertisement), and it looks very impressive.
Before attacking, the shark gets eye contact with its victim, but when it reaches 3-5 meters from the victim, the shark shut its eyes and uses some electronic pulses to detect its prey. At that stage the shark shield blocks that pulse and the shark backs off.
For more details:
http://www.sharkshield.com/index.php
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Old 29-07-2005, 11:21   #3
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Sharks in the News

”Sharks in the News” ~ From National Geographic
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/topsharks.html

Interesting Shark articles, Including:

Bull Shark Threat: They Swim Where We Swim
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...ullsharks.html
Bull sharks are chewing up the headlines this summer, but statistics suggest that most of us have little to fear from the marine predators...

"Jaws" at 30: Film Stoked Fear, Study of Great White Sharks
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...awssharks.html
The premiere of Jaws 30 years ago had a mixed impact on great white sharks. Publicly vilified, the predators also drew more scientific scrutiny ...

Shark Facts: Attack Stats, Record Swims, More
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...harkfacts.html
Did you know that sharks are among Earth's most ancient animals? Or that in the U.S., lightning strikes and kills more people in one year, on average, than sharks do in twenty? ...

New Shark Repellent Uses Chemical Signals
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...repellent.html
After years of searching for an effective shark repellent, researchers believe they may have finally found a chemical "signal" that will keep the marine predators at bay ...

World's Oldest Shark Fossil Found
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...arkfossil.html
Paleontologists have unearthed in Canada the world's oldest intact shark fossil—a 409-million-year-old specimen of a small, primitive species that was found with its braincase, jaws, and teeth attached in their correct anatomical position. The find answers and raises important questions about the origin of sharks ...

Shark Season: Hazard or Hype?
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...rkattacks.html
It's almost summer and war-weary, economy-embattled Americans will head seaside in their millions. With so much frolicking in the surf there will be a few nips from sharks, experts warn—although bites are statistically extremely unlikely and almost never fatal. Swimming with sharks is not as dangerous as driving to the beach ...

Shark Gives "Virgin Birth" in Detroit

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...rginshark.html
A female white spotted bamboo shark at the Belle Isle Aquarium in Detroit surprised zookeepers in July by giving birth to two babies. Why the surprise? It was a virgin birth: She hadn't been near a male for six years ...

Forget Alligators, This Expert Wrestles Great White Sharks
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...rktagging.html
For the past three years, shark expert Ramón Bonfil has been fitting motion-tracking satellite tags onto great white sharks—by hand. (Includes six-image photo gallery) ...

More good reading at:

Wildlife Conservation Society: Great White Sharks
http://www.wcs.org/greatwhitesharks

Mote Marine Laboratory Center for Shark Research
http://www.mote.org/index.php?src=ge...ark%20Research
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