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Human deaths from shark attacks hit 20-year low last year
Date:2/12/2008

off the Loyalty Islands archipelago in French New Caledonia and became separated from a friend, Burgess said. She was a nurse who had just finished a hospital contract in Noumea and was taking a brief vacation before flying home, he said.

We advise not getting yourself isolated because there is safety in numbers, he said. Sharks, like all predators, tend to go after solitary individuals, the weak and the infirm, and are less likely to attack people or fish in groups.

Last year had few spectacular attacks or heartwarming rescue stories, Burgess said. It was mostly minor injuries, he said. There werent too many made-for-movie moments.


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Contact: George Burgess
gburgess@flmnh.ufl.edu
352-272-2360
University of Florida
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