22 Aug '11, 8pm

Russia declares 'open season' on sharks

Russia declares 'open season' on sharks

Conservationists often worry shark attacks will distract from the larger overall danger humans pose to sharks, and add to the anxiety created by movies like "Jaws" and the upcoming "Shark Night." (As one shark expert tells the AFP, "The attention from shark attacks is completely overblown.") But while the global risk is small, sharks can travel long distances, and changing climates could feasibly push them into unusual places like Russia more often. Most experts agree it's wise to heed official warnings about sharks, yet some Russians are still taking their chances: The New York Times reported last week that "Russians' blasé attitude toward danger is a source of national pride," and "beach-goers continued to take to the water" despite the specter of sharks.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/russia-dec...

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