SCIENTISTS have provided insight into the recent spike in shark attacks in the US.
They pointed to a growing shark population and improved conversation as possible reasons for the increase.
On Monday, a 65-year-old woman was swimming in Queens, New York, when she was suddenly attacked by a shark.
She suffered a bite in her left thigh but is expected to make a full recovery.
According to Gavin Naylor, director of the International Shark Attack File, it may have been a great white shark that manhandled them.
The woman was standing in the water when she felt sharp pain that caused her to fall backwards into the sea.
Her wounds were so deep that the woman almost bled to death.
Accordingly vox, Conservationists believe the reason the sharks are returning to New York is due to improved water quality and the influx of baitfish such as bunkerfish and bluefish into the area.
New York has gone to great lengths to improve its rivers, thereby stemming the amount of dirty water entering the oceans.
“Sharks are a sign of a healthy ecosystem,” said Chris Paparo, a shark expert at Stony Brook University in Long Island.
“I see that as a sign of successful conservation.”
Because of this great effort, the shark population has grown significantly.
“Are there more sharks today than there were five or ten years ago? Definitely,” said Tobey Curtis, a fisheries management specialist at NOAA Fisheries, a government organization that oversees fisheries in the United States.
“We have been managing and protecting shark populations since 1993.”
Five people were said to have been attacked by sharks on July 4th.
Last year, eight people had dangerous encounters with a shark, which is not at all common in the state.
Accordingly The New York TimesMonday’s attack was incredibly rare given that the last shark attack in New York City occurred in the 1950s.
However, there have been numerous attacks on the state in recent years.
It was later said Monday’s victim was in stable condition.
Her family said in a statement, “Our mother is grateful to be alive following today’s events and we are all grateful to the lifeguards, emergency responders and team at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.”
“We are deeply touched by the tremendous support we have received, but for now we ask everyone to respect our privacy while we focus all our energies on helping her recover.”