George Burgess

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George Burgess is the Director of International Shark Attack File maintained by the American Elasmobranch Society at the Florida Museum of Natural History of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.

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[edit] International Shark Attack File

The International Shark Attack File is a compilation of all known shark attacks world-wide. It is administered through the auspices of the American Elasmobranch Society, an international organization of leading shark research scientists, and through the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida. The purpose of the File is to synthesize information surrounding shark attacks in order to gain scientific insight into this phenomenon. Scientific researchers and physicians utilize the File, and access to the data is granted only after careful screening by a scientific panel on a case-by-case basis. All information is considered privileged, and access by the press is strictly forbidden.

[edit] Shark Attacks

A shark attack is an attack on a human by a shark. Every year around 100 shark attacks are reported worldwide. Seventeen fatalities are recorded as having being caused by shark attacks in 2011, out of 118 recorded attacks. Despite their relative rarity, many people fear shark attacks after occasional serial attacks, such as the Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916, and horror fiction and films such as the Jaws series.

Almost all shark experts consider that the danger presented by sharks has been exaggerated.

[edit] Shark Encounter

A shark attack is different from a shark encounter. A shark encounter is when an open water swimmer or any individual in an open body of water is approached by or approaches a shark or group of sharks within visual range. There is no physical contact between a human and a shark in a shark encounter.

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