This is down from 2019, when 64% of unprotected eating worldwide occurred in the United States.
ISAF classifies shark attacks by deciding first whether they are provoked or not.
The ISAF said: “Indiscriminate attacks are defined as events in which a human attack on a shark’s natural habitat without human-induced shark attack.”
“Attacks occur when humans begin to interact with sharks in some way. These include, for example, when divers are bitten after disturbing or trying to touch a shark from a fishing net and so on.”
ISAF says it has investigated 129 people accused of a global fish response in 2020-57 for eating sharks that are not good for humans, and 39 were bitten as bites.
Of the 33 unmanned shark attacks in the United States, 16 were in Florida. All 16 state cases represent 28% of ineffective bites worldwide.
“For decades, Florida has been the number one country in the world, and this trend will continue in 2020,” ISAF said in a statement. “However, the state has seen a significant drop from the last five-year average of 30 incidents.”
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ISAF said that while the incidence of bites in both the United States and around the world has declined over time, “2020 figures show a much faster-than-expected decline.”
Gavin Naylor, director of the Florida Natural History Shark Research Program, said the effects of Covid-19 were something he and colleagues had predicted about returning in March.
According to Naylor, the epidemic did not significantly reduce cases – but it did affect researchers’ ability to track and verify cases once they were reported.
“We usually talk to Dr.’s and the nurse in the emergency room to make our report,” Naylor said. “However, they were overwhelmed by the Covid-19 response, so they never had time to talk to a group of scientists asking specific questions about the shark attack.”
According to its research last year, ISAF said that “the decline in the number of fish bites may be due to widespread quarantine, closed beaches and minimal vacation trips in response to the PRID-19 outbreak.”
Shark deaths are reported to be on the rise around the world
This year, 13 shark-related deaths, 10 of which have been confirmed as non-compliance, the ISAF said in its annual summary of global shark attacks.
“This number is higher than the annual global average of four untimely deaths per year,” ISAF wrote.
However, “despite the global mortality rate in 2020, the long-term trend shows that the death toll is declining each year.
Among the deaths worldwide, Australia has seen “higher-than-normal births by 2020,” ISAF said. The country has had six deadly shark attacks.
“Australians are not stupid when it comes to the dangers of boating and swimming,” said Naylor. “So I’m surprised that number is as high as this year.”
In the United States, meanwhile, there have been three deadly shark attacks last year. This is an increase from 2019, when there are no confirmed cases in the US.
All three deadly attacks took place in Hawaii, California and Maine. Although Florida is typically the site of most of the unexplained attacks, there were no casualties last year.
How to avoid a shark attack
ISAF says most of the bites – 61% of all cases by 2020 – are related to swimming and boating, ISAF said.
But do not worry: “The short-term trend also shows both fatality and no fat to decline,” ISAF said.
“The number of unrestricted fish in the world is very low, because of the number of people who take part in aquaculture breaks each year.”
ISAF urges people to “avoid being in the water at night or during the day when sharks are most active and competitive.”
The agency also urges people not to go into the water if they have blood, because “the olfactory capacity of the fish is acute.”
Shiny jewelry can also attract sharks, because “the reflected light looks like fish scales.”
ISAF also encourages people to avoid swimming trunks or diving equipment, because “highly contrasting colored clothing or gear that people use in the water will see sharks in particular.”