A new study suggests that the phase of the moon might have some impact on the number of shark attacks that take place during a given month.
The study’s authors emphasize, though, that there wasn’t enough historical shark attack data to conclusively assert that more attacks happen the fuller the moon is. A pair of contributing factors could be electromagnetic fields depending on the phase of the moon and tides.
“However, the results here strongly support the idea that moon phase does play a role in overall risk of shark attack, and if future studies are able to consider local and regional environmental conditions along with lunar illumination, both understating shark attacks and forecasting risk may improve.”
Check out the study — published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science — here.