Awesome. More facts on shark attacks. That tell us nothing.

Sharks prefer stark contrasting colors in the water

You'll be safe in these.

The Adventure Life highlights a recent study by the University of Florida that discusses stats and similarities of shark attacks in Volusia County, FL, which is not far at all from where I’ll be surfing this weekend. Good times.

I can’t help but notice the layer of sarcasm weighing down Mr. Casimiro’s post; an editorial mechanism more than apt for the discussion of this report, as its findings don’t reveal to surfers any sort of new golden rule to avoid becoming human deli meat for the world’s greatest, and most misunderstood, predator.

Next up, new facts about rock climbing’s impact on acrophobics.

7 thoughts on “Awesome. More facts on shark attacks. That tell us nothing.

  1. Ya know…it seems every year there’s some big “to do” about a new shark attack study and they never cease to amaze me in their lack of new scientific data. The bottom line is that there are sharks in every ocean (news flash right?) and any time we set foot in their territory we are at risk of being attacked. Yes, most US shark attacks occur in FL…however most of those attacks are from sharks shorter than 6 feet (usually black tips) and the wounds usually require just a few stitches. Compare that with one attack in South Africa or Northern California where it was a 16 foot GWS that removed a leg or arm.

    Nonetheless I’m glad my trunks are green.

  2. “Finding: Most shark attacks occur in the ocean.
    Rule: Don’t go in the ocean.”

    Works for me. I rather enjoy hobbies that don’t include the possibility of death by carnivore.

  3. But Jake … you hike extensively in bear country. Of course, we don’t have the luxury of shark fences or pepper spray …

  4. Good point … but I’ll take Smoky over Jaws any day. And you know what they say about bear encounters: you don’t have to be faster than the bear, you just have to be faster than your friend. Is that true for sharks, too? Maybe just make sure your surfing buddy is wearing black and white shorts. That might do the trick.

  5. I’m not really an avid hiker (although I do enjoy it) but I was hiking a short trail up in Big Bear, CA last Summer and saw tons of wildlife which was awesome but I also heard some noises and never saw what made them. Thoughts were running through my mind about bears or coyotes and I freaked out a little. It reminded me of being out in the lineup alone and seeing a random splash and not seeing what made it.

    I think there are inherent risks in all outdoor pursuits, we just have to weight them against the fruits of what it is we do.

  6. Well said. After all, many times it is the risk that draws us in.

    Mankind has always been afraid of the unknown (The rustle of leaves and low growl emanating from beyond the zipper of your tent), and one of our greatest accomplishments is overcoming that fear. While I am far from acrophobic, I still feel a tinge of fear when I fall from a climb. In that short moment after falling, but before the rope becomes taut, fear shoots up my spine. However, simply by pushing myself to my limits and taking that fall I have already won the battle. I wonder if I would be drawn to climbing as much as I am if it were not for those risks…

    But enough philosophy. Ropes don’t break, bears don’t attack, and sharks are just over-sized salmon.
    -The mindset of an adventurer

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