A fatal shark attack in Western Australia on Saturday has generated worldwide media coverage on the dangers of Australia's waters -- but statistically, you're more likely to die falling from a chair or accidentally cutting yourself on broken glass than in a shark attack.
Surfer Ben Linden is believed to have been taken by a great white shark near Wedge Island, north of Perth. His death is the fifth fatal shark attack in Australia in 10 months -- an unusually high toll.
The WA government has called for the protected status of the great white to be reassessed
, which could clear the way for hunting or a cull, and provided $14 million to investigate shark attacks
. Some in the tourism industry have voiced concerns the fatalities will deter visitors.
The story has been picked up around the globe -- from The Sun
and The Mirror
in Britain, to NPR and CBS News
in the US.
The death of Linden, and the four other men who have been killed by sharks in the past year, are tragedies that have shaken the surfing community in particular. The apparently increasing rate of shark attacks clearly justifies the current debate on safety in WA waters.
But does the extensive media coverage accurately portray the risk? Just how dangerous are sharks?
A sample of some of the headlines from Australia and overseas covering the latest shark fatality