Florida, California among top sites for shark attacks in the US


first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — New York may have been the site of two suspected shark attacks on Wednesday, but attacks by the creatures in these waters are so rare that there have been only 10 documented cases confirmed in nearly 150 years.The worst place in America for shark attacks? Florida. Statistics from The International Shark Attack File, a database of shark attacks from around the world, show that Florida’s coast has witnessed a total of 812 confirmed and unprovoked shark attacks since 1837, at least those that have been recorded.That’s because most sharks prefer warmer waters, said George Burgess, director the International Shark Attack File maintained by the Florida Museum of Natural History. “The waters near the East Coast, in the northern states like New York are cool for most months of the year, and so it’s only in the summertime when a few sharks arrive.”Which states are more vulnerable to attacks varies widely along the American coastline. Maine has one attack on record since 1837. California has 122. But the pattern is not random, says Burgess. The more coast, the more people and the warmer the waters, the more the attacks.Still, despite how few attacks New York’s coast has seen, there are enough species of sharks in these waters to prompt a few sightings, Burgess of The International Shark Attack File said.Not all of them bite humans, not all are even big enough, but here’s a list of the species shark-watchers in the state are more likely to encounter, ranked by how much of a threat they are to humans.The list is not based on the actual number of attacks these species have already carried out, because that number is too small to analyze. Instead, it’s based on the potential each species has to be a threat to humans along the coats of New York.“Almost any shark that can grow to about six feet or two metres in length is a potential danger to humans,” Burgess explains. “That’s only because once they get to that size their teeth are sharp and they can cause damage”1) High Threat: The ‘surf zone’ sharksThe Sandbar shark (up to about 6 feet long) and the Dusky shark (up to about 10 feet long) are both species that are much more comfortable in cooler water than other species of sharks, and they like to stay in the ‘surf zone’ – the part of the sea next to the shore within which waves break, and where beachgoers tend to stay. The Sand Tiger shark (up to about 10 feet long) swims a little further off but still in rleatively shallow waters, where divers often come across them in wrecks.2) Medium Threat: The offshore sharks“The south shore of Long Island faces an ocean, and so some species that can travel a little further north sometimes wander in from deeper waters to areas where humans are,” said Burgess. The first of these species is the infamous White shark, better known as the Great White shark (up to about 23 feet in length). The other is the Blue shark (up to about 12 feet in length).3) Low threat: The vegetarian shark and the sharks that are too smallEvery once in a while, a Basking shark (up to about 30 feet in length) will be seen on the coastline or will wash up on the shore, and a lot of attention will be drawn to it because of its size, said Burgess. But this species couldn’t hurt humans if it wanted to. Its teeth are flattened due to a sort of a plate-like surface, as it only feeds on plankton, and it is not at all aggressive, said Burgess. On the other end of the spectrum, the Spiny Dogfish shark (up to about 3 feet long) and the Smooth Dogfish shark (up to about 4 feet long) are both species that love cool waters, but are too small to cause any harm to humans.But despite the existence of these species of sharks in the waters near New York, Burgess points out that relatively speaking, there’s very little to fear. For example, between 1959 and 2010, there were three shark attacks in New York. All three of the victims survived. In comparison, there were 139 people who died due to lightning strikes.Even if a shark were to attack a human, it’s usually because they mistook the human for a fish, and they let go immediately, Burgess said.“The shark interprets the kicking and walking movements of the human body in the water to be activities of a normal prey item,” he said. “And of course in the surf zone, where visibility is poor as a result of the breaking waves, it will bite at things it can’t see well. But it’s usually just one quick bite and then it’s gone, and so we call these hit-and-run attacks.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Russia’s Lukoil awarded stake in ADNOC’s Ghasha concession


first_imgThe Ghasha gas project is expected to have production capacity of over 40 million cubic meters per day of natural gas and 120,000 barrels per day of crude oil and gas condensate Image: The agreement was signed by Vagit Alekperov, President of PJSC LUKOIL, and Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Group CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). Photo courtesy of LUKOIL. Russian energy firm PJSC Lukoil has reached a concession agreement with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) for a 5% stake in the Ghasha ultra-sour gas concession offshore Abu Dhabi.The Ghasha gas project involves the development of previously undeveloped deposits of gas, oil and gas condensate as part of nine shallow fields in the Arabian Gulf west of Abu Dhabi.Through the stake, the Russian company joins Eni (25%), Wintershall Dea (10%) and OMV (5%) as ADNOC’s partners in the sour gas concession.The project is expected to have a production capacity of over 40 million cubic meters per day of natural gas and 120,000 barrels per day of crude oil and gas condensate.Lukoil president Vagit Alekperov said: “The development of the Ghasha concession is the first LUKOIL project in the UAE and we are pleased to partner with ADNOC and cooperate with RDIF in this project. LUKOIL has extensive experience in offshore fields, both independently and in consortia with other major international companies.“We are glad to enter the project in the UAE with such a significant resource base and with such experienced partners. Joining this project is fully consistent with our strategy.”ADNOC, Lukoil and RDIF sign framework agreementA framework agreement has also been signed by ADNOC, Lukoil and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to explore potential future cooperation in relation to the Ghasha concession.ADNOC Group CEO Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber said: “We are very pleased to partner with LUKOIL on this crucial project, which also marks the first time that we partner with a Russian energy company across our full value chain.“LUKOIL joins our other value-add partners on the Ghasha concession, which is integral to our objective of enabling gas-self sufficiency for the UAE.“The transaction is consistent with ADNOC’s targeted approach to engage with strategic partners that contribute the right combination of best-in-class expertise and advanced technology, market access or capital to unlock maximum value from Abu Dhabi’s resources for our mutual benefit while delivering the greatest possible returns to the UAE.”Last year, Austrian oil and gas firm OMV was awarded a 5% stake in the Ghasha concession from ADNOC.The Ghasha ultra sour gas project involves the development of the Hail, Ghasha, Dalma, Nasr, Sarb and Mubarraz sour gas fields.last_img read more