Saturday, January 5, 2013

The Sydney Morning Herald: Why do we feel so safe?

Aerial beach patrols in search of sharksDo swimmers have a false sense of security when it comes to aerial shark patrols.  This article says yes and that only one in eight sharks is actually spotted.

Article snippet:
AERIAL beach patrols detect as few as one in eight sharks and give the public ''an inflated sense of protection against shark attack'', a damning state government report says.

The findings cast doubt on whether shark patrols protect bathers from harm, and call into question the millions of dollars in government funding, sponsorship and donations poured into patrols across Australia each year.

The world-first study by the NSW Department of Primary Industries was based on a trial at Jervis Bay on the south coast, using artificial sharks placed at various depths...

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(photo from article)