What Is The 'Lunar Effect,' And What Does It Have to Do With Shark Attacks?

What Is The 'Lunar Effect,' And What Does It Have to Do With Shark Attacks?

1/16/2022 9:30:00 AM

What Is The 'Lunar Effect,' And What Does It Have to Do With Shark Attacks?

When the full Moon rises, strange things can happen here on Earth. Oysters snap close. Corals spawn. Zooplankton dive deeper. Seabirds stick to the shore. And lions hunt less.

 Several of these behaviors are tied to moonlight; others, to tides. But some have no clear explanation at all.More than 50 years' worth of shark attack data, for instance, has now found that sharks bite humans more whenthe Moonis fuller."It's not a matter of more light at night for sharks to see. Most shark attacks occur in the daylight,"

explainsecologist Steve Midway from Louisiana State University.So what is it? We don't know. The relationship could simply be random – a fluke in the data – or it could be a result of the 'lunar effect'.The lunar effect is an unproven correlation between the phases of the Moon and the activity of plants and animals here on Earth.

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