With bites rare, experts want sharks to shed scary reputation

March 15, 2024

They're right, but, at the same time, shark bites are exceedingly rare overall -- a fact scientists wish more people knew, especially amid declining shark populations desperately in need of conservation. They are a bit like floating sausages," Naylor told AFP. New Smyrna Beach, located in Volusia County -- home to half of Florida's shark bites last year -- is inauspiciously known as the "shark bite capital of the world." Bites are like an "airplane crash" -- shocking but rare, said New Smyrna Beach resident Bruce Adams, who remembers close encounters with sharks of his own during his surfing days. - Swimming with sharks -In fact, most of us have probably been in the water alongside sharks -- we just didn't know it, said report coauthor Joe Miguez.