Expert answers to shark attack worries
26 January 2009 10:06
An industry expert has declared to Forbes.com that a tourist is more likely to win the lottery than get bitten by a shark, after recent discussions about horror stories on beaches.
Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, director of the International Hurricane Research Center & Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University in Miami, releases an annual guide detailing the best ten beaches in the USA to visit.
And he told the website that tourists shouldn't back down from visiting and enjoying beaches because of the odd incident that labels them as a hazard.
He added: "While these things do happen, none occur as often as you'd think."
According to the International Shark Attack File, compiled in Florida, only one person died worldwide because of being bitten by a shark, while there were another 111 incidents of minor bites.
Tourists should be warned to compile some research before going away to check for individual hazards linked with their destination and then should take out a suitable travel insurance policy to cover for this.
Travel guide publishers, Footprint, stated earlier this month that travellers could gain a better understanding of their holiday location if they used a travel guide as a research tool.