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Shark Attacks Reach an All Time High in 2015

Update Date: Feb 24, 2016 10:42 AM EST

According to a recent data, last year did not look good, as far as swimming with sharks is concerned. The data revealed that he humans were attacked 98 times by the sharks all over the world last year.

Most people that were attacked by the sharks managed a lucky escape with just a couple of injuries. However, the blue sea mammals also managed to claim six lives in 2015. Maximum number of attacks happened in U.S. which made a total of 59 incidents. Australia reported 18, while South Africa came third with eight shark attacks.

The highest number of shark attacks noted, before 2015, were a total of 88 in 2000. The increased number of attacks can be attributed to growing number of shark population and the preference of people to spend more time in the sea, said George Burgess, Florida Museum of Natural History, in a statement.

"Sharks plus humans equals attacks," he said. "As our population continues to rapidly grow and shark populations slowly recover, we're going to see more interactions." Burgess also added that the increased number of attacks may also be due to warmer waters, Time.com reports

"However, year-to-year variability in local meteorological, oceanographic, and socio-economic conditions also significantly influences the local abundance of sharks and humans in the water and, therefore, the odds of encountering one another," he added.

University of Florida started maintaining International Shark Attack File 57 years ago. The incidents that were matched by Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida did not the ones in which humans provoked the shark, according to a statement released by the museum. A total of 164 cases were examined worldwide in 2015. However, 36 of these were provoked attacks. An unprovoked attack is the one where "an attack on a live human occurs in the shark's natural habitat with no human provocation of the shark," as reported by RT.com

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