When approving the WA Government shark cull, Environment Minister Greg Hunt said he accepted the number of shark attacks off WA was “well above the historic norm over recent years” and cited the national interest to say the shark kill policy should be allowed to proceed.
According to the Florida Museum of Natural History’s International Shark Attack file, “the number of worldwide unprovoked shark attacks has grown at a steady pace since 1900”. However, ISAF attributes this to “the ever-increasing amount of time spent in the sea by humans”, and greatly improved efficiency in discovering and investigating attacks over the past 25 years.
The frequency of shark attacks is driven by a complex set of variables. “That is why ISAF scientists do not get too excited about the significance of yearly totals and prefer to view decade-long periods as more representative of trends.”
So Mr Hunt, read some books on SCIENCE. You’ll find them in the library, not far from the ENVIRONMENT shelves. Perhaps a librarian can help you with the big words…