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Local World Record - I'm So Proud by canaveralgumby on 19 February 2009 6:23pm
 
New Smyrna Named Shark Attack Capital Of The World

GAINESVILLE -- The International Shark Attack File released its annual report on attacks and fatalities from around the world Thursday.

The organization said the recession could be responsible for "an unexpected dive in shark attacks." In 2007, there were 71 shark attacks reported. That number dipped to 59 in 2008. ISAF director George Burgess said that's the fewest number since 2003's 57 attacks.

Of the 59 unprovoked shark attacks worldwide, 32 were in Florida and 22 were in Volusia County. That's Volusia County's highest yearly total since 2001. New Smyrna Beach accounted for 21 of those attacks.

Why Florida? With its warm waters, Florida has more sharks, including black tip sharks and spinner sharks, species not found in lower temperatures. New Smyrna Beach has many more surfers than other portions of Florida. Who are shark attack victims? As in past years, surfers accounted for most of the world’s attacks:

* Surfers -- 57 percent
* Swimmers/Waders -- 36 percent
* Divers -- 8 percent
 
Re: Local World Record - I'm So Proud by mrsthing on 19 February 2009 7:44pm
 
Um....congratulations?
 
Re: Local World Record - I'm So Proud by kazzzz on 20 February 2009 12:24am
 
Oh dear....
 
Re: Local World Record - I'm So Proud by tucsonmike on 20 February 2009 12:33am
 
I knew there was a reason why I don't go in the water in Florida.
 
Re: Local World Record - I'm So Proud by kazzzz on 20 February 2009 12:34am
 
We had two shark attacks in Sydney last week, nasty business indeed :(
 
Re: Local World Record - I'm So Proud by geordiegirl on 20 February 2009 5:33pm
 
This is lowering the tone, but I saw Richard Dreyfuss on the stage in London the other week (sadly, not a very good play). Now, wasn't he something to do with sharks......? (Horrible thing about the attacks, though, Cori).
 
Re: Local World Record - I'm So Proud by canaveralgumby on 20 February 2009 6:03pm
 
Richard Dreyfuss was in JAWS. Perfectly apt connection! What play? Was he good in it?

On any average weekend you can't stop tens of thousands of Floridians from surfing around here. Surfing must be one helluva rush!
 
Re: Local World Record - I'm So Proud by peripatetically on 20 February 2009 6:11pm
 
it's probably got the same rush as downhill skiing which was a passion of mine for many many years.
 
Re: Local World Record - I'm So Proud by mrsthing on 20 February 2009 8:32pm
 
We had a chimpanzee attack here in Ct, but there wasn't anything funny about it at all. The poor woman who was attacked had "life-altering" injuries to her face and hands, and is now in the care of a clinic that specializes in face transplants. Very sad. The chimp, which was a friend's pet, is dead--they had to shoot it, or it would have killed the woman.
 
Re: Local World Record - I'm So Proud by geordiegirl on 22 February 2009 1:42pm
 
It was called COMPLICIT, Cori, at the Old Vic, London (Kevin Spacey currently Artistic Director, he directed this, a 3-hander, David Suchet & a good actress whose name I can't remember)
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Very worthy stuff, about leaking torture information about Guantanamo Bay, lots of philosophical arguments, but no-one quite brought it off. But it's great to have Kevin bring American plays to London, broadens the horizons.

Florida & surfing - yes, I always think of Florida/Sydney when imagining that, but my own home=town, Tynemouth is a big surfing venue now - those North Sea big waves, I suppose. We've just rented a holiday flat in that village for later, we have a tap in the yard for hosing down our wet-suits.

Richard Dreyfuss is an amazing man - I hadn't realised - he's very knowledgeable about the civic society & is at one of the Oxford colleged advising on a new schools curriculum on the subject. Marvellous.
 



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