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Yea, the Texas shark bites have to do with this!!! What a load of **** and yellow journalism. This actually appeared on the CNN website. I can't stop laughing.

The dead zone they talk about is at the bottom of the ocean. I did a lot of looking into this years ago. I wonder if the marlin and tuna caught during the summer each year in this area know they are living in a "dead zone"?

HOUSTON, Texas (Reuters) -- A huge "dead zone" of water so devoid of oxygen that sea life cannot live in it has spread across 5,800 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico this summer in what has become an annual occurrence caused by pollution.

The extensive area of uninhabitable water may be contributing indirectly to an unusual spate of shark bites along the Texas coast, experts said.

A scientist at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium said Tuesday measurements showed the dead zone extended from the mouth of the Mississippi River in southeastern Louisiana 250 miles west to near the Texas border and was closer to shore than usual because winds and currents.

"Fish and swimming crabs escape (from the dead zone)," said Nancy Rabalais, the consortium's chief scientist for hypoxia, or low oxygen, research. "Anything else dies."

In the last 30 years, the dead zone has become an annual summer phenomenon, fed by rising use of nitrate-based fertilizers by farmers in the Mississippi watershed, Rabalais told Reuters.

The nitrates, carried into the gulf's warm summer waters by the river, feed algae blooms that use up oxygen and make the water uninhabitable.

The dead zone's size has varied each year depending on weather conditions, but averages about 5,000 square miles and remains in place until late September or early October.

Virtually nothing is being done to stop the flow of nitrates into the river, meaning the dead zone will reappear every year, Rabalais said.

The dead zone forces fish to seek better water, which may be a reason for the recent shark bites on Texas beaches.

Three people have been bitten by sharks along the upper Texas coast this year -- a high number for a state that has recorded only 18 shark attacks since 1980.

Terry Stelly, an ecosystem biologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said increasing numbers of sharks have been found in recent years in the waters along the Texas-Louisiana border, near the edge of the dead zone.

Along with other factors, "chances are good they (sharks) were looking for higher dissolved oxygen in the water," he said.

Rabalais agreed, saying "The higher number of sharks in shallow waters may very likely be due to the low oxygen being close to the shore at the time of the attacks."

"The available habitat for the sharks is definitely less when the low oxygen is so widespread," she said.


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I think it's a crock too....no way that's contributing to shark bites in Texas. Each one of those shark encounters occured in a feeding situation...remember....we know that cuz we are educated....I think most folks are totally in the dark and only get their info from the clueless news media. It did interest me to learn more about this dead zone. I've know about it for years but not very educated on the subject. I found a very interesting web page from NOAA addressing this issue. They evidentally have oxygen content sensors all over the gulf coast....this map I saw showed at least a hundred. I'm attaching their sensor data color map showing dissolved oxygen content along our coast. It was kinda eye opening. If their data is correct, that dead zone is closer to the coastline than I thought, and more our way than I thought. Ya'll look at this and comment on what I'm seeing here...if you would...thanks

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I don't know much about this, but there probably is some kind of problem. However, it has nothing to do with sharks biting people.

It could possibly cause more sharks to show up in the surf though. Shark fishing in the surf has got a lot better the past couple of years. But, that may not have anything to do with a dead zone. I am sure there have been cycles throughout the years on good shark fishing in the surf.

All in all, I believe they are trying to associate an environmental issue to shark attacks, since it is an election year. I am not saying I am right. Maybe I am a little too sensative to this, but it is no secret that most of todays media is very politicly biased.

Has anyone heard on how Fox News reports on this? I don't have cable or satellite. It would be interesting to know their take on it.
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