Bummer: Shark Attacks Increasing Because Of ‘Climate Change’

Today’s scaremongering story from the Cult of Climastrology, which would probably be more effective if published in June, rather than February

Shark Attack Numbers Hit Record Heights in 2015; Overpopulation, Climate Change to Blame

Shark hysteria around the globe is reaching an all-time high. It’s like the scene in Jaws where everyone is getting their kids out of the water, screaming and flailing and choking and running. It’s a great scene. It’s not so great in real life. And 2015 now officially holds the record for the most shark attacks in a single year, which is never a good thing for mass hysteria.

According to the International Shark Attack File (ISAF), an organization that’s basically the end-all-be-all of shark encounters around the world, there were 98 unprovoked shark attacks in 2015. The previous record was set back in 2000, when there were 88. Over half of the attacks (59) last year happened in US waters, and 30 of those occurred in Florida. Australia recorded 18 attacks, while South Africa came in at 8–one of which, of course, was broadcast live to the world.

So, what are the causes?

The report from ISAF doesn’t say anything about sharks getting hungrier, or meaner, or more bent on spilling human blood. It does say, however, that there are more of us in the water, which in turn leads to more encounters with sharks. “As world population continues its upsurge and interest in aquatic recreation concurrently rises, we realistically should expect increases in the number of shark attacks and other aquatic recreation-related injuries,” said George Burgess, curator of the ISAF and director of the Florida Program for Shark Research. “In theory, we should see a record number of shark attacks every year, because a shark attack is fundamentally an odd situation that’s built on the number of humans in the water and the number of sharks in the water.”

Shark numbers have increased due to environmental regulations on killing sharks and the aquatic creatures they eat. Of course, Warmists have to bring ‘climate change’ in

But it isn’t just the number of people in the water that led to the record number of attacks. It’s climate change and an exceptionally strong El Nino year, as well. “Since most sharks are warm-water species, they now are covering a wider area than they once did,” Burgess said. “In the summertime, they head farther north or south depending on which hemisphere they are in.”

See? They can’t help themselves.

(Daily News) Sharks that like tropical water, like bull sharks and tiger sharks, have moved beyond the traditional waters of Florida and up the southeastern coast of the United States to the Carolinas, for instance. There, an increase in population has led to more people going in the water from spring to fall, as air temperatures were also warmer in 2015. The combination leads to more potential encounters between sharks and humans and, thus, more attacks, Burgess said.

Two points: first, the horrible shark attacks in New Jersey, 1916, were mostly likely caused by a Bull shark, due to the brackish water in which the initial attacks took place. Few other sharks could survive in that water. Second, none of what they are saying is proof of anthropogenic causation, at least in regards to the climate. Warmer waters and air are simply that: warmer. It doesn’t prove that mankind, via “carbon pollution”, is the cause. As more and more people from the cooler north move to the warmer south, it means more and more people in waters with shark populations, putting them in direct contact. The coast from North Carolina to Florida continues to see population increases, along with people who live inland who travel to the beach.

But, hey, in Warmist world, it must be mostly ‘climate change’. They have to keep the scaremongering strong. I really hope they will stop contributing by jumping in their fossil fueled vehicles for trips to the beach.

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9 Responses to “Bummer: Shark Attacks Increasing Because Of ‘Climate Change’”

  1. Jeffery says:

    But, hey, in Warmist world, it must be mostly ‘climate change’.

    The article was mostly devoted to increased numbers of humans in the ocean. The author brought up climate change and the strong El Nino in the final paragraph.

    Why do you think the oceans are warming and the previous normal range of sharks has expanded?

  2. drowningpuppies says:

    Mother Nature is the biggest denier – She keeps doing things to thwart the alarmist theories.

    -Someone

  3. Jeffery says:

    “Someone” should clear their tweeterings with Mother Nature first.

    Except for the rapidly increasing surface temperature, the warming oceans, the melting Arctic ice, melting Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, the rising seas, droughts, floods, heat waves, shifting ranges of flora and fauna, all attributable to human-generated CO2, you may be right. I forgot to mention that the pH of the oceans is dropping too. That’s also from your CO2 pollution. Thanks for nothing.

    — Mother Nature

  4. drowningpuppies says:

    Hence, the escalation of exaggeration.

    But no direct scientific proof or data has been shown that link the current observations to human activity.

  5. JGlanton says:

    This is the same level of warmist science as Sharknado, Sharktopus, and Three-Headed Shark Attack.

    Well, to be fair, that last one was caused by the mythical toxic Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It’s a similar level of ‘science’, though.

  6. Jeffery says:

    But no direct scientific proof or data has been shown that link the current observations to human activity.

    — Someone

    Nonsense.

  7. drowningpuppies says:

    Hence, the escalation of exaggeration.

    – the little guy who exaggerates often

  8. Jl says:

    Of course none of the things J names can be directly attributable to human Co2, as they’ve all happened before, but the alarmists seem especially desperate these days. But, interestingly J leaves out cold snaps in his “droughts, floods and heat wave” whine. Funny, because a few winters ago the cold was also caused by “warming”. Have your settled science masters given you new talking points, or did you just forget?

  9. Jeffery says:

    j,

    To what do you attribute the current bout of rapid warming? Magic? God?

    What direct evidence would you find persuasive?

    suckingpuppies, please point out each time you think I exaggerate and I’ll address it.