Finding Better Treatments for Shark Bites

Written by on February 3, 2013 in Marine Life, Sharks

New research is focusing on the bacteria found in the mouths of sharks in order to help develop better treatments for shark bite victims.

Scientists from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Pharmacy are working with St. Mary’s Medical Center to gather data from sharks caught during The Blacktip Challenge, a South Florida shark fishing tournament. The Challenge began on Thursday and ends today.

The location of the research is appropriate, as Florida has always ranked high on the list of shark incidences. It typically accounts for about 25 percent of the 100 reported shark bites a year.

“We are excited to gather scientific data from these incredible animals in order to learn more about the infecting bacteria from their bites and how to treat victims,” said Nathan Unger, Pharm.D., an assistant professor at NSU’s College of Pharmacy and the lead researcher on this project.

Blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus).

Blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus). Photo credit: Albert Kok.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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  1. IronicEvion says:

    Finally we can start saving all those innocent Seals from horrible shark bites! hehe

  2. Emily says:

    Ha, well it looks like it could be the other way around! Check out the last story in last week’s roundup: