Summer of the shark: Why they are attacking and what to do if it happens to you

National Post

There have been more shark attacks in the waters off the U.S. East Coast. On Tuesday, a 12-year-old boy was bitten while swimming 4.5 metres into the surf northeast of Charleston, S.C., the second shark attack off the state this year. Another seven people have been attacked along the North Carolina coast in the past three weeks. The most recent was Wednesday, when a 68-year-old man was injured. The National Post’s Laura Hensley spoke about the troubles Thursday with George Burgess, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History:

Q: What’s going on with these sharks? Why is this happening?

A: There’s probably a perfect storm of various things coming together. Water temperatures got warmer this year and the salt content in the waters there right now is higher because there’s been drought conditions for the last few weeks. Sharks like saltier and…

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