Thursday, July 25, 2024

Could Shark Attacks Be Related to the Phase of the Moon?

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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 Sciencehere.

John Liang
John Lianghttps://www.deeperblue.com/
John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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