Shark Attacks in U.S. Total 28 So Far This Year

Unprovoked bites, while rare, have been raising the alarm for some beachgoers this summer

Sources: Florida Museum of Natural History (1837-2021); trackingsharks.com (2022 data from media reports)

Brownie Bytes Take: As a surfer with 40 years experience in Florida, New Smyrna Beach has the most shark bites and sharks in the surfline than anywhere else. I’ve been bumped, chased, and seen others bitten there in 3 ft. of water right along the shore. Even though the blacktip shark migration during the late Fall and Winter happens in S. Florida with 10,000 sharks per mile per day cruising near the coast, they rarely bother anyone.

– R. Michael Brown

News of shark attacks off the coast of New York’s Long Island this summer raised the alarm for many beachgoers, surfers and divers. Shark bites, although rare compared with the number of people who get into the ocean, still happen in coastal areas of the U.S.

According to Tracking Sharks, a website that specializes in reporting shark attacks and bites across the globe, there have been 28 shark attacks in the U.S. in 2022 as of Aug. 1. Two of the attacks were provoked and none was fatal.

There were 47 confirmed cases in 2021, returning to prepandemic levels, and 33 in 2020.

Unprovoked shark bites are the most common incidents, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History’s International Shark Attack Files, a global compilation of all known shark attacks. Florida leads the U.S. in shark attacks, followed by Hawaii, California and South Carolina.

The most frequent type of unprovoked bites are so-called “hit and run” attacks, the museum says. These normally happen in the surf zones as coastal shark species follow schools of fish close to shore. There, sharks can encounter swimmers and surfers—and sometimes confuse people with their usual prey. The sharks don’t return after inflicting a single bite or slash wound.

Shark attacks and deaths from shark bites are extremely rare, experts say. The yearly average of unprovoked shark bites globally is 70, resulting in about 5 deaths, data from the Florida Museum of Natural History shows.

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The Manufacturing Process For How Balls Are Made Is Eye-Opening | Digg

Science Channel’s How It’s Made went behind the scenes of a ball factory to demonstrate what goes into making the spherical balls we take for granted.

— Read on digg.com/video/the-manufacturing-process-for-how-balls-are-made-is-eye-opening

Rare Photos Inside the Titanic – Pictures of the Titanic

From the smoking lounge to first-class bedrooms, get a closer look at one of the most beautiful ships to ever exist with these rare photos.

— Read on www.popularmechanics.com/culture/g39410356/top-rare-titanic-photos/

This $800K House Seems Like A Great Deal — Until You Learn About The Basement – Digg

If you want to buy this house in Fairfax, Virginia, you’ll have to buy it without first seeing its lower level — or the non-lease-holding resident who lives there.

A permanent squatter? Really?!

— Read on http://digg.com/real-estate/link/zillow-gone-wild-house-lower-level-squatter-fairfax-virginia-dMYggMvPZo

Tour de France crash 2021: fan avoids jail amid court case

The spectator behind one of the biggest pile-ups in Tour de France history appeared in court charged with injuring dozens of riders but seemed set to avoid jail after prosecutors demanded a suspended sentence.

The 31-year-old French woman, whose identity was withheld after she was targeted by a torrent of online abuse, has already told prosecutors of being ashamed at her “stupidity” for causing what some dubbed the “worst crash ever seen”in the famous race.

Wearing a blue sweater, she fled the scrum of journalists waiting at the courthouse in Brest, in western France.

But the presiding judge rejected a request by her lawyer to have the trial held behind closed doors.

While jail time was a real possibility, the prosecution requested that she be given a four-month suspended sentence on the charges of endangering lives and causing unintentional injuries.

Under French law she could have faced a fine of up to 15,000 euros ($AUD23,00) and a year in prison for the charges.

Prosecutor Solenn Briand acknowledged that she had recognised “how dangerous” her conduct had been and had expressed regret.

— Read on www.news.com.au/sport/cycling/twist-in-case-of-fan-who-caused-worst-crash-ever-seen-in-tour-de-france/news-story/3448e9c7c1040ea0e253eb2632f22278

Brownie Bytes doesn’t agree with this outcome. Turning the perpetrator into the victim is ridiculous. She caused real harm by her foolish actions to get attention. A slap on the wrist and suspended sentence is morally wrong and sends a message to her and foolish fans that anything goes at races.

Tour de France fan who caused huge opening day crash goes on trial – France 24

Ouest-France reported the charges include a possible one-year jail sentence.

The hits keep coming for the spectator, with the professional cyclists union also taking legal action against her to pursue compensation for the injured riders.

Four riders were unable to continue in the second stage of the event as a result of injuries they sustained in the crash. 26 riders in total were listed as injured in the Tour’s official record.

The CPA released a statement to announce it is seeking symbolic compensation of $1.50 (one euro).

Tour de France fan who caused huge opening day crash goes on trial
— Read on http://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20211014-tour-de-france-fan-who-caused-huge-opening-day-crash-goes-on-trial

Paris-Roubaix 2021 – Rain forecast a titanic battle

Paris-Roubaix bicycle race has cobblestone “roads” most of the way. Slippery when wet. Throw in the mud along this 160 mile race today and it’s the toughest 1 day cycling race in the world.

https://www.paris-roubaix.fr/en/