Shark Attacks

sharkFrom Wikipedia: In 2000, the year with the most recorded shark attacks, there were 79 shark attacks reported worldwide, 11 of them fatal. In 2005 and 2006 this number decreased to 61 and 62 respectively, while the number of fatalities dropped to only four per year. Of these attacks, the majority occurred in the United States (53 in 2000, 40 in 2005 and 39 in 2006).

The United States has had more shark attacks (1,032) than any other country. According to the International Shark Attack File, the states in the U.S. where the most attacks have occurred are Florida, Hawaii, California, and South Carolina. Outside the U.S., Australia and South Africa have had the most attacks. As of 2009, the ISAF recorded a total of 2,251 attacks worldwide since 1580, with 464 attacks being fatal. The location with the most recorded shark attacks is New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

The Florida Museum of Natural History compares these statistics with the much higher rate of deaths from other, less feared causes; for example, several thousand people die annually from lightning strikes. It is estimated that a person’s chance of getting attacked by a shark is 1 in 11.5 million, and a person’s chance of getting killed by a shark is 1 in 264.1 million. The annual number of people who drown is 3,306, whereas the annual number of shark fatalities is 1. In comparison, humans kill 100 million sharks each year.

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