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>> As millions of Americans get ready to hit the beach for Memorial Day weekend, a warning that 2016 could see a record number of shark attacks. The International Shark Attack File, a database run by the University of Florida says, this year we'll likely top last year's all time high of 98 attacks world wide.
The reason, shark populations may be stabilizing after years of decline, and warm weather is driving more swimmers into the surf. The forecast for more toothy encounters coming on the 100 year anniversary of the summer when Americans when first bitten by the fear and the fascination for the aquatic predators.
A series of shark attacks along the Jersey shore over two weeks in 1916, left four people dead and a lasting impression on the American imagination. The shark as a diabolical man eater.
The 1975 blockbuster Jaws cemented the image, and now a century after the New Jersey shark attacks, the creatures remain an object of fascination. The Discovery Channel's Shark Week last year hit record ratings. The shark Sharknado franchise set to deliver it's fourth installment in July. And the biggest draw at the Camden aquarium is the shark adventure, where guests can don snorkels and wet suits and spend some time underwater with nurse and sand sharks.
Despite the warning and the record number of shark attacks last year, only six people were killed by sharks in 2015. So, if you're headed to the beach and you're worried about safety, the most important thing you can do is to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen.