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Shark Attacks Reach 10-Year High

February 9, 2011

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Shark attacks were up in 2010 according to a report from from the International Shark Attack File from the University of Florida. Seventy nine people were attacked by sharks worldwide in 2010 which was the highest number in a decade -- in 2009 there were only 63 shark attacks worldwide. Six people died in 2010 from sharks which was up from the 4.3 10-year average. But scientists believe that the increase is not because shark populations are on the rise or because they are growing more aggressive. Experts say the increase in attacks is actually due to an increase in human populations and a growing interest in water recreation.

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