Florida leads country and world in shark attacks

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Florida leads country and world in shark attacks

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Feb 17, 2014

What U.S. state led the world in unprovoked shark attacks last year?

If you guessed Florida, you’d be right. As USA Today reports (via the Associated Press), the state’s 23 attacks last year were “easily the most in the United States and more than twice the number as any other country.”
Interestingly, however, “none of the Florida attacks was among the 10 fatal incidents around the world, according to the University of Florida's International Shark Attack File.” Hawaii had this country’s sole fatal shark attack last year.
“Worldwide there were 72 unprovoked shark attacks in 2013, down from 81 the year before and the lowest recorded since 67 attacks in 2009,” according to a report released Monday. “The United States had 47 attacks, with 13 in Hawaii, six in South Carolina and one each in Alabama, California, North Carolina, Oregon and Texas,” USA Today reports.
“Australia had 10 unprovoked attacks last year and South Africa had five. No other country had more than three.”
USA Today reports, “Florida has averaged 21 unprovoked shark attacks over the past 10 years, with Volusia County seeing the most activity” with eight. Volusia includes the popular surfing destination Daytona Beach.
“Surfers and others participating in board sports were victims in 46% of the world's unprovoked shark attacks last year.”
Phyllis Stark

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Phyllis Stark is the Digital Executive Producer - National Content for Scripps Media.