From the Independent - scientists believe building work, pollution and tourism linked to rise in maulings
"Human activity in coastal development, pollution and tourism activities such as scuba diving are partly to blame for a record number in shark attacks worldwide, scientists have found.
Researchers at Bond University in Queensland, Australia, found human interference with the animals’ habitat - and global warming - is causing the sharp rise.Shark attacks on people have significantly increased in recent years. There were 98 reported bites last year – a 11 per cent increase on the previous record of 88 in 2000 and a 69 per cent rise in the last decade.
Some 84 per cent of shark bites occurred in just six countries or territories: the USA, South Africa, Australia, Brazil, the Bahamas and Reunion. More than half took place in US waters, with Florida the most frequent location.
Dr Blake Chapman and Dr Daryl McPhee, who conducted the study, believe a combination of pollution, coastal development and tourist activity is partly to blame for the increase in attacks. Climate change is thought to have the greatest impact of all, as warmer seas allow shark populations to increase rapidly."
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