Shark attacks on the rise

Annual shark attacks worldwide have increased more than six-fold over the last century but survival rates have also improved, researchers say.

There were about 1000 shark attacks globally in the first decade of this century, compared with only 150 in the first decade of last century, according to figures from the Shark Research Institute in the US.

Legs were the body part most likely to be munched, accounting for 42% of injuries, while the arms, torso and head accounted for 18%, 7% and 2% of injuries respectively.

Shark attacks were found to be most