By Jerald Pinson
Main Take aways:
Risk of being bitten by a shark remains extremely
Short-term trends still show both fatal and non-fatal bites to be decreasing. This year’s increase in fatalities does not necessarily constitute a shift in the long-term trends. Fatality rates have been declining for decades, reflecting advances in beach safety, medical treatment, and public awareness.
The effects of COVID-19 on bite numbers
2021’s numbers are back at typical levels, which we attribute to the resumption of marine recreational activities after the previous year’s pandemic associated lockdowns. However, the first responders with which ISAF collaborates have remained focused on COVID-19 mitigation. ISAF has and will continue to investigate cases from previous years as local resources and information become available.