Monday, February 4, 2013

Monday Mornings in Malibu

Malibu Climate Conditions:

High Temperature: 69
Sea Temperature: 54
Surf: 2-4 Feet
Shark Sightings in Malibu: None

The term "shark attack" is often thrown around. According to a new study published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences by the University of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia, they make different classifications .

For example: 
Shark sightings: When sharks are seen close to people in the water, and there is no shark-human contact.
»Shark encounters: When there is contact between a shark and a human or an inanimate object holding the human, and the human suffers no injury. This would include when a shark bites a surfboard or kayak.
»Shark bites: When a shark bites a person, resulting in minor to moderate injuries.
»Fatal shark bites: When a shark kills a human.

According to their classification, shark encounters are often misinterpreted as a shark attacks. Their classifications are slightly blurred. If a shark did not bite a person but continues to open its mouth and bite at a surfer's board or kayak does not classify it to be an official shark attack/shark bite is puzzling. Is this due to the shark's possible inquisitive nature of curiosity and not out of aggression. Sharks often bite out of curiosity or insecurity. At the same time, sharks bump or nudge surfers in curiosity as well. Regardless, the classifications are an important step in distinguishing the types of interactions that occur between humans and sharks. This is in the hope of reducing the fear and sensationalism that is associated every time a non shark bite occurs.

Source: Florida Today Article

Author: Adam

- "Mother Nature needs her vital signs checked just as much as humans do."