The Gulf of Mexico is home to over 49 species of sharks, and it’s not uncommon for locals and tourists to spot one swimming along the coast. More often than not, these usually docile creatures stay away from humans. But in 2005, shark attacks along the Gulf of Mexico exploded, five times more than the average. The cause is a mystery to locals and experts, and the answer could devastate thousands of miles of American coastline. With this unprecedented number of incidents people are left wondering what has caused more sharks to attack; has something changed in the once calm waters of the Gulf? And if so, what is it?