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A scientist checks on a young bull shark in Texas. Philip Matich

Baby bull sharks are thriving in Texas and Alabama bays as the Gulf of Mexico warms

The Gulf Coast has seen big jumps in baby bull shark numbers. As adults, these are among the most aggressive species of sharks, but the babies aren’t cause for concern, as three scientists explain.
It’s OK, I’m a filter feeder: Whale shark off Indonesia. Marcel Ekkel/Flickr

Shark Week looms, but don’t panic

Media coverage of sharks often exaggerates risks to people, but more than 500 shark species have never been known to attack humans, and there’s lots to learn about them.
The CSIRO has provided new estimates of population sizes for White Sharks in Australian waters. Fiona Ayerst/Shutterstock

FactFile: the facts on shark bites and shark numbers

How many shark encounters have there been at your local beach? Explore our interactive map to see 20 years of incidents between humans and sharks in coastal waters around Australia.
White sharks’ ability to stay warm in cold water makes them efficient long-range hunters. Denice Askebrink

Why do shark bites seem to be more deadly in Australia than elsewhere?

Fatal shark bites are very rare. But the stats do suggest that the likelihood of an attack proving fatal is higher in Australia - probably because our waters are home to the “big three” dangerous species.

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