The Number of Sharks Sightings Is Continuing to Rise
Whenever we visit tropical beach destinations, one of the first things we think of is sharks. Many people have a fear of sharks, even if the number of attacks each year is very low. But while shark attacks and fatalities are decreasing, sightings of sharks are increasing around the globe.
How Many Sharks Are Out There?
There are those who speculate that the increased shark sightings have to do with an increase in their population. But the sad truth is that the shark population is actually on a decline. While there are over 470 species of sharks in our waters, most of them are rarely seen. The most common shark species are often the most hunted, with man killing up to 100 million each year.
There are several explanations as to why the sightings are increasing. Many of the sharks that populate the tropical waters of the southern United States have been swimming north. Sharks have been spotted more often in North and South Carolina, which is raising a lot of concerns.
Shark attacks along the East coast have been on the incline. The United States on average sees between 30 and 40 attacks each year, and nine of these have been on the beaches of North Carolina. A shark attack map also clearly shows a concentration of attacks, bites, and sightings along the East coast.
The rougher surf on the East Coast is part of the reason. Sharks, especially the smaller ones, effortlessly blend in with the colors of the tide. So, if you're planning to visit one of these beaches, make sure to avoid high tides and swim where you have a clear line of visibility. If you are unfamiliar with the area, make sure to stick to the beaches that have lifeguards and post warnings whenever sharks are sighted in the area.