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  • Nat Geo Wild


Throughout America's coastline shark attacks are on the rise.  Many occur in quick succession at new and surprising locations. Destroying lives.  Tearing communities apart. Vacationers, scientists and locals are all desperate to uncover what is causing this terrifying upsurge.   What danger signs should we be looking out for?  Could your next vacation turn into a nightmare?


  • When Sharks Attack S2: Hawaiian Terror
    From 2012 to 2013, the tourist hotpot of Maui, Hawaii is rocked by an unprecedented 16 shark attacks in under two years, nearly 3 times more than average. With the death of a German tourist marking the first shark related fatality in nearly a decade, public panic reaches a fever pitch. Some even fear that the recent spike in attacks will only grow worse, harming the fragile tourism based economy. Everything from natural to manmade disasters are considered as a possible explanation but solid proof continues to elude investigators. As the attacks mount and evidence piles up, it soon becomes clear that the cause for the spike may have been hiding in plain sight all along.
  • When Sharks Attack S2: In Shallow Water
    Tourists flock to the beaches of North Carolina and Virginia for their safe calm waters and the wild rugged scenery. But beneath the still serenity of this Atlantic coastline a dark danger is lurking. There have been 2 spikes in shark attacks a decade apart. They come out of nowhere, and then disappear as quickly as they came - leaving a bloody massacre in their wake. 10 year old Cassidy Cartwright barely escaped with her life in 2011, when a shark ripped er foot, while she stood in knee deep water. It was the start of a summer of attacks - 7 in 3 months. But still she was lucky. A decade earlier a young boy - despite rescuers brave efforts to wrest his leg from the jaws of the shark - was fatally wounded. 2 days later - a couple celebrating their engagement suffered a similar fate - the man dead from loss of blood and his fiance left without a foot - forever traumatized by her wounds and her loss. Will they be back? Why do these seemingly calm waters suddenly turn into bloody shark frenzies?
  • When Sharks Attack S2: Gulf Coast Killers
    With over 49 species of shark swimming up and down the Gulf of Mexico its not uncommon for locals and tourists to spot one swimming nearby. More often than not they stay away from humans. But in 2005 all of that changed. When a 14-year-old girl is killed by a shark in the usually safe waters off South Walton in Florida, the community goes into shock, its the first ever recorded fatality in the county. Then, two days later, just eighty miles up the coast, another teenager is attacked by a shark and loses his leg. But these arent isolated incidents. In 2005 alone the number of attacks along the Gulf Coast more than quadrupled. With this unprecedented number of incidents people are left wondering what has caused more sharks to attack, has something changed in the once calm waters of the Gulf and if so, what is it?