Several factors to blame for record shark attacks in 2015

FORT FISHER, NC (WWAY) —  According to a recent report by the Florida Museum of Natural History, 2015 saw a record-setting 98 unprovoked shark attacks worldwide.

Scientists say the previous record was 88 attacks in 2000.

Our country had the most with 59 attacks, including eight in our state which half of those were in our area.

Fort Fisher Aquarium Director Peggy Sloan says there were several environmental factors happening last summer that could support a higher number of sharks bites.

“For example, when we had the high incidents of shark bites last June it was when fish like croaker and spot were migrating and sharks were following those schooling fish,” Sloan said.

She adds that other factors including warmer ocean temperatures, saltier water, and higher visitation of people in the water during feeding times could have contributed too.

She says there are a variety of sharks that we see off our coast including sandbar, sand tiger, and bonnethead sharks.

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