So far in 2006, there have been a total of 24 shark attacks here in the United States with no fatalities.
“All in all, it’s been a relatively quiet year [for shark attacks] from both the standpoint of the summer in the United States, but also a worldwide,” said George Burgess, director of the Shark Research Center at the University of Florida, who keeps the world’s most accurate list of shark attacks.
“We’re likely to be on target for the same numbers we had last year,” said Burgess. “It may be actually lower in the numbers of attacks — which would continue a trend that we’ve seen as a total number decline over the last three or four years.”
There is an average of around 4 shark fatalities annually here in the United States over the past few years and now, humans are killing far more sharks than sharks are humans. Water pollution, fisherman who are able to catch a shark, and a number of other reasons are killing dozens of sharks weekly.
“Millions of blue sharks are caught by accident by fishing gear intended for tuna and swordfish,” said Nick Wenger, a researcher at the Scripps Center for Aquatic Research at the University of California-San Diego. “Because those sharks have no economic value, those sharks are normally discarded dead back into the water.”