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Rise in Shark Encounters Reminds Surfers of Unique Risk

Rise in Shark Encounters Reminds Surfers of Unique Risk

Yesterday, a shark attack yards from a contest site in Maui shut down the first professional surf contest of the new season. “Expert Warns 2016 Could See a Record Number of Shark Attacks,” said the Washington Post. “It’s Not Just You: Shark Attacks Are Definitely on the Rise,” said Esquire in July. Surfers bear the brunt of shark attacks worldwide—nearly half of all shark attack victims are surfers, as opposed to divers, swimmers, fishermen, or waders—which is why we should be most concerned with their increasing presence. Over the last few years, he’s covered shark attacks in Australia extensively, as well as the government’s response to them.

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