Top 10 Shark Conservation Projects

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by: Josh Clark
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Recording Shark Attacks
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Keeping files on shark attacks to aid shark conservation efforts may seem counterintuitive, but recording hard data on the number and circumstances of shark attacks around the world seems to have done just that. The University of Florida's Museum of Natural History (FMNH) houses and helps to compile the Shark Attack Files. The data make it clear that humans pose a far bigger danger to sharks than they do to us.

For example, the Shark Attack Files show that in the 10 years between 1999 and 2009, there were 51 fatal shark attacks throughout the entire world. Compare this to the estimated 79 million sharks that are killed each year by humans, and you start to get an idea of who should be fearful of whom.

The FMNH also keeps statistics that compare the relative risk of shark attacks. Did you know that you're about 10,000 times likelier to be injured by a ladder than by a shark? By maintaining real numbers on shark attacks, the public can truly understand that sharks are both worthy and in desperate need of our help to save them.

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