1. Here’s something you don’t hear everyday: Maybe we’re doing too well protecting shark populations. At least that’s what George Burgess, director of the Florida Program for Shark Research, is hinting towards. After “Jaws” hit theaters in 1975, great white sharks faced more danger than ever as throngs of fisherman began capturing and killing the animals for their own prize collections. However, as shark conservationists ramped up efforts to protect the species, special rules were put in place to keep sharks off the mantle. As a result, great white shark populations are the highest they’ve been in decades.
2. You know what else is the highest it’s been in decades? Shark attacks. Oomph. Just in the last three weeks, North Carolina has seen six shark attacks, as much as it saw in all of 2014. While some scientists point to El Nino’s weather patterns as a reason sharks are swimming closer to coasts, others say there are simply too many people in the water. Sharks' biggest foe, local fisherman, are using the surge in attacks to reinvigorate the debate to lift shark-fishing bans.
3. So, is it open season for sharks? Or should the species still be protected?