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Sprigg Salon: Sharks attacks - is the number of shark bite increasing and how can we reduce risk?

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  • South Australian Museum
    North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

Are you at greater risk now of shark bite than ever before? 

More than 85% of all Australians live within 50 kilometres of the beach, a place many of us have a deep affection for and enjoy spending time at in the warmer months. Since the 1950's, there has been an increase in reported shark bites worldwide. Does a greater shark population create more bite scenarios, or are humans encroaching too far into this misunderstood predator’s territory? Why is it that sharks draw such a large amount of media attention and spark fierce public debate? 

Join Professor Charlie Huveneers, the Director of Flinders University's Marine and Coastal Research Consortium and leader of the Southern Shark Ecology Group (SSEG), as he takes you beneath the waves into the world of sharks. These ancient creatures have been around for over 400 million years, but as the human population grows and we encroach more into their habitat, their future is uncertain.

Find out about shark ecology, the risk of being bitten and what we can do to help in this informative evening session. 

This event is family-friendly and suitable for all ages.

When: Wednesday 16 August

Where: Pacific Cultures Gallery, Mezzanine Level, South Australian Museum, North Terrace, Adelaide

Ticket price: includes a free welcome drink with a choice of beer, wine or a non-alcoholic beverage.

Event schedule

6:00 pm Museum opens and welcome drinks service begins.

6:25 pm Presentation by Professor Huveneers with Q&A to follow. 

7:30 pm Presentations and discussion concludes. 

8:00 pm Close of event.