Bull shark attacks mostly occur in shallow, murky warmer waters. Their preference for feeding under these conditions increase their interaction with swimmers.
The bull sharks came back into spotlight following the attack on 12-year-old, Nicholas Vossler. Vossler was swimming near Matagorda Island, Texas, when a bull shark attacked the boy and severely injured his foot, according to Firstcoastnews.com. The water was only about 3 feet deep. Following surgery, Vossler is expected to regain full use of his foot.
According to Nationalgeographic.com, bull sharks prefer coastal waters that are less than 100 feet deep. This is thought to make them the most dangerous sharks of all to humans.
The sharks can inhabit both salt and fresh waters. They have kidneys that can recycle the salt within their bodies and special glands that also aid in salt retention.
The bull sharks can grow to about 7.5 feet and weigh up to 285 pounds. The sharks are very territorial and can exhibit extremely aggressive behavior towards anything, including humans, that enters their territory.
The sharks are frequently spotted in Florida's coastal waters. There have been two known fatalities near Florida between 2000 and 2005 attributed to bull shark attacks. Jamie Marie Daigle, 14, was killed June 25, 2005 while swimming with a friend on a boogie board, according to Cbsnews.com. The attack happened only 100 yards from shore.
On Aug. 30, 2000, Thadeus Kubinski, 69, was killed while swimming with his wife. The shark attack occurred at about 4 p.m. and he was less than 10 feet from a dock.
Shark attacks are not frequent, but the results of an attack can be deadly. There are several ways you can reduce the chance of an attack.
Follow these helpful tips from George H. Burgess of the Florida Museum of Natural History.Stay in groups. Avoid swimming during darkness or twilight hours. Stay out of the water if you are bleeding. Don't wear shiny jewelry or bright-colored clothing while swimming. Sharks have a keen sense of smell and are attracted to shiny objects in the water.
Most importantly, do not enter the water if sharks are present and evacuate immediately if a shark is seen.
The boat, the MV Nirvana, capsized in the waters off Ormoc City in Leyte, according to Red Cross Chairman Richard J. Gordon in a tweet on the relief organization's Twitter feed.
A shark attack was reported on Wednesday on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, marking the state's seventh attack this year.
Another round of drenching and gusty thunderstorms is in store for areas from the central Plains to the Tennessee Valley through Thursday night.
In a state plagued by drought, Golden State residents are advised to play it safe with fireworks this Fourth of July.
The mercury soared to a whopping 36.7 degrees Celsius on Wednesday at London Heathrow Airport, setting an all-time July record high for the United Kingdom.
Severe storms plowed across Missouri on Wednesday evening into Thursday morning.
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Heavy rainfall continued to cause flooding from MO and KS southward through TX. Both Fredonia and Yates Center, KS had over 18 inches of rain since June 25th. Victoria, TX set a daily rainfall record of 3.44 inches; the previous record was just 0.81 inches in 2002. Corpus Christi, TX also smashed a daily rainfall record of 1.30 inches from 2001 when 9.86 of rain fell.
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An alligator carried by a thunderstorm fell onto Anson Street.