Interactive mapping project explores human-shark encounters and their effects on ocean-users

Researchers at UOW are asking Illawarra and South Coast residents to share details of encounters they have had with sharks, in an effort to better understand the full gamut of human-shark relations.

While sharks attract a great deal of interest from the public and the media, media coverage and public perception is dominated by encounters that involve shark bites, even though these are comparatively rare.

The researchers, however, are investigating the full spectrum of human interactions with sharks – positive, negative or mixed – and calling on members of the public to contribute their own stories to a crowdsourced map of shark encounters on the New South Wales South Coast.

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