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Partner Shoutout: Separating Myth from Fact in Shark Attacks

November 3, 2015

A shark and paddle boarder share the ocean. Photo Credit: Chris and Monique Fallows.


Congratulations to Hopkins Marine Station researchers Francesco Ferretti, Taylor Chapple, Giulio De Leo and Fiorenza Micheli as well as the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Conservation and Science researcher, Salvador Jorgensen, on the phenomenal success of their paper, “Reconciling predator conservation with public safety” published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. Their research was a huge media sensation, capturing the public’s attention by showing that the per capita risk of getting attacked by a white shark off the coast of California has dropped by 91% over the last six decades.  


Since the publication came out in July, the research has been highlighted in more than 480 independent media stories in publications ranging from the New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Stanford News and Science magazine – to name a few. Lead author Ferretti has also participated in at least 20 interviews with various media outlets.


Shark populations are declining rapidly, principally due to overfishing, and in some areas because of culling practices based on public safety concerns. One of the big takeaways of the Hopkins and Monterey Bay Aquarium research is that sharks and humans can peacefully co-exist if resource managers communicate, and people take the time to learn, which beaches are safest to visit and when.


Congratulations to the Hopkins Marine Station and Monterey Bay Aquarium co-authors for successfully getting this important message out there!


To read the original research paper, click here.


To read some of the media coverage, click here.

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