We just finished America’s favorite week of the summer: Shark Week. The documentaries, the insane footage…Sharknado. What’s not to love? But this year, it feels like we’re dealing with Shark Summer! There seems to have been a big increase in reported bites this season, and people are starting to second-guess their beachside vacations. So why is this year different than others? It would appear that the Atlantic got warm earlier than normal, and that’s been drawing the sharks closer to shore for feeding. http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/recent-shark-attacks-north-carolina-florida-east-coast-warm-water-beach-threat/48953405
Humans love the beach…it’s calming, relaxing, and fun. And for those of us who live in Northern climes, we dealt with what felt like the longest, coldest, snowiest winter ever. So we’re flocking to the coast in huge numbers, trying to soak up as much sun as we can. This might also be a factor in the number of attacks. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/06/150625-north-carolina-shark-attacks/
We seem to love being scared by the biggest predators of the seas (Jaws, anyone?) But they are a vitally important part of the ocean’s ecosystem…which is really what Shark Week is all about. They’re trying to educate people about the necessity of one of the oldest, most sophisticated hunters on the planet. http://www.sharksavers.org/en/education/the-value-of-sharks/sharks-role-in-the-ocean/
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