Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Correlation Theory: Increased Economic Growth Brings About Increased Shark Attacks

Miami Beach, FL (Photo: Edward DeGuzman)
In a recent interview by Rachel Martin of National Public Radio, George Burgess, who oversees the International Shark Attack File at the Florida Museum of Natural History, put forth the opinion that the number of shark attacks in a given area may correlate with the area's economic growth.

He states that if the Chamber of Commerce is doing a good job attracting visitors to a particular beach community, then that community will see an increase in the number of swimmers thus allowing for an increase in the number of shark-human interactions. 

Burgess states that going in the sea is a wilderness experience and that the sea doesn't owe us the right to be a 100% safe. He asserts that one has to accept a certain amount of risk when entering the ocean.

You can listen to the brief NPR segment at the Oregon Public Broadcasting website.