Shark sighting

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noun - A shark sighting is the act of catching sight of a shark by an open water swimmer or any individual in an open body of water environment. A shark sighting is different than a shark encounter which is when an individual is approached by or approaches a shark or group of sharks within visual range. A shark sighting also differs from a shark attack in that there is no physical contact between a human and a shark in a shark sighting (or shark encounter).

There were no shark sightings during the channel swim season.

International Shark Attack File

The International Shark Attack File is a global database of shark attacks. It began as an attempt to catalogue shark attacks on servicemen during World War II. The Office of Naval Research funded it from 1958 until 1968. During that time a panel of shark experts developed a standard system for collecting accounts of shark attacks from around the world. The file was temporarily housed at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida until a permanent home was found at the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida. It is currently under the direction of members of the American Elasmobranch Society. The file contains information on over 4,000 shark attacks and includes detailed, often privileged, information including autopsy reports and graphic photos. The file is accessible only to scientists whose access is permitted only by a review board.

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