UF: Shark attacks on the rise, 1 fatality in 2007

Full story: Orlando Sentinel
A swimmer vacationing in the South Pacific was the only victim of a fatal shark attack in 2007, while the number of shack attacks for the year was up, the University of Florida said Tuesday. Full Story

Tallahassee, FL

#1 Feb 12, 2008
I grew up in the Central Pacific and personally know shark attack victims. I have looked at the statistics for my area in the UF database and the numbers don't match up. I think one must realize that attaks in remote areas of the Pacific, like where I was, don't get reported to the Western World. I am not saying the article is incorrect, but don't think that only one person was killed in the Pacific. It is a vast area, many of which no outside people visit.

Fairport, NY

#2 Feb 12, 2008
If I ever die from a shark attact.

I have one request. It not be reported as "mistaken Identity"

If I die because I was Lunch. I die because I was lunch.
Captain Quint

Melbourne, FL

#3 Feb 12, 2008
We're gonna need a bigger boat !
Al Brenneka


#4 Feb 13, 2008
Remember when viewing the ISAF stats on shark attacks that they only count certain attacks that meet one person’s criteria. There is never any proof offered by the ISAF to prove the stats you are now reading.
If you visit www.sharkattacksurvivors.com/shark_attack/ you can read about each attack reported for the year 2007. Out of almost forty people known to be eaten or killed by sharks in 2007 only one is counted by the ISAF.
Bathers, swimmers, surfers, or anyone planning to visit the beaches you should visit www.sharkattacksurvivors.com to get the actual shark attack figures.
The figures you are reading from the ISAF are biased toward tourism and shark conservation, NOT your safety.
Al Brenneka

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