Shark Week may never be the same: Two Australian states-- Queensland and New South Wales — have softened their tone when it comes to the language of reporting shark attacks.
The World Surf League announced it was shutting down the Margaret River Pro in West Australia after two recreational surfers were attacked. The event was to have run through this weekend.
The trials in the southeastern state of New South Wales are part of an $11.6 million program to protect beachgoers. Drones send real-time images of coastal waters to an operator using GPS coordinates.
During a World Surf League competition in Jeffreys Bay that was broadcast live on television, Australian surfer Mick Fanning has a heart-stopping moment.
The state's beaches usually see one shark attack a summer, if any. This year, there have already been seven. But this uptick in attacks is likely not tied to shark populations so much as to our own.
Since 2011, the Indian Ocean island of Reunion has had 16 shark attacks, seven of them fatal. It's a sharp rise from previous years; Australia is the only country with more deaths during this span.