Long Beach, California (new nation) — New research hopes to change how swimmers perceive sharks.
In the first study of its kind, researchers in Southern California used drones to observe great white sharks’ encounters with humans.
“We hear all sorts of statistics about the odds of being bitten by a shark (about 1 in 3.75 million people), but we don’t really have real statistics because we don’t know how many people go into the water.” Dr. Chris Lowe said.is a professor of marine biology and director of the Shark Lab at California State University, Long Beach.
In some ways, Lowe and his team track humans as much as they do sharks.
“Collecting this data will allow us to better calibrate our shark bite stats.” Lowe said in 2019:. “We expect the risk to be much lower.”
“The results of a study coming out next week will use drones to study and observe when great white sharks sit side by side with humans. told NewsNation.
He believes the research has the potential to change people’s minds. Awareness of sharks and the fear many have of them.
“[Swimmers]are always near sharks, they just don’t realize it. And sharks aren’t bothering people in the first place,” Lowe said.
Stories of the dramatic nature of shark bites and survivors like Hawaiian surfer Mike Mr. Morita’s shark repelling story in April, sparks the imagination. Scientists say it’s good to remember how rare shark bites really are.
But if a shark comes close to a potential bite, Lowe recommends a “hard blow on the nose.”
“[The nose]is one of the most sensitive parts of the body, and it will often scare the shark away,” he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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