August 6th, 2013
11:47 AM ET

Shark Sightings on the Rise

It seems sharks are suddenly all over the place. From "Sharknado" to "Shark Week" - you can't escape the deadly predator.

Experts say shark sightings are on the rise along the East Coast.

“But scientists say when comes to comes interactions, it is much more a case of a human invasion,” “Early Start” anchor John Berman reports.

“Recently researchers have noticed an increase in great white sharks off Cape Cod, not far from the original location for the movie 'Jaws.'  The non-profit group "Ocearch" started tagging and tracking these sharks to find out why.”

But, the global shark population is actually at an all-time low.

“Experts say the close encounters are due to humans spending more time in the water and moving closer to habitats long occupied by sharks,” Berman says.

“When you have more people out there looking, or more people on or about the water, and when you have more eyeballs out there, you're going to get more shark sightings," says marine biologist Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries.

"If anything we're encroaching on sharks habitat more so than otherwise.”

Still, it is extremely rare to be attacked by a shark.

“Shark attacks are so rare that it’s not something in terms of probability that we worry about,” Skomal says.

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