Term ‘Shark Attack’ is Inappropriate to Name Human-Shark Interaction: Study

Term ‘Shark Attack’ is Inappropriate to Name Human-Shark Interaction: Study

As per a new study, the term `shark attack' is a misconception. The human and shark interactions are always considered as a shark attach without knowing the intention of the animal. The study done by Christopher Neff, a doctoral candidate in University of Sydney, and Dr Robert Hueter from Mote Marine Laboratory's Center for Shark Research, Florida. The researchers analyzed the statistics of NSW and Forida from the year 1979 to 2009 and found that the term `shark attack' is misleading in many cases, the term given by media, public, government officials and the researchers as well.

This international study titled - `Science, policy, and the public discourse of shark 'attack': a proposal for reclassifying human-shark interactions', got published in peer-reviewed journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. The authors classify this shark-human interaction into four categories - shark sightings, shark encounters, shark bites and fatal shark bites. According to them, the interaction classifying on these basis can give a better overview of what exactly happened.

Exemplifying the analysis, the authors tell that in the analysis of NSW for the year 2009, 200 shark attacks were documented out of which, 38 involved no injuries at all. They suggest the beachgoers to know the four categories before going to beach so that if they encounter a shark, exactly what kind of encounter they faced.

 

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