Are shark attacks on the rise? The short answer is yes.
The media has been full of attacks on swimmers and body boarders. In January, a New Zealand man survived being attacked by a shark, after fighting it off with a diving knife. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, junior doctor James Grant, 24, stitched his own wound onshore, before going to the pub for a beer... en route to the hospital!
In Hawaii, meanwhile, a rise in shark attacks has reportedly boosted the sales of devices which purport to clear surrounding water of sharks by emitting electric pulses.
To whet your appetite for more tales from the deep, we've rounded up the most dramatic shark attack stories in history...