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Saturday June 15, 2024

Famous touristy US state named 'shark attack capital of the world'

In the global shark attack list, the US ranks first, followed by Australia, and South Africa

By Web Desk
May 28, 2024
Florida named as shark attack capital of the world. — Reuters/File
Florida named as shark attack capital of the world. — Reuters/File

Florida has been named the shark capital of the world as it has the highest number of attacks reported in the world.

According to a survey from Florida University and the state's Museum of Natural History, the state is the global centre for shark bites, with the Daytona Beach region having the highest concentration of attacks, New York Post reported.

The Sunshine State’s Volusia County was found to be the world's most active shark prey area, with 351 unprovoked attacks recorded since 1837, according to the International Shark Attack File.

With the longest coastline in the contiguous United States, Florida has had the most attacks, followed by Hawaii, then California, and South Carolina.

The beachy state accounted for 44% of the total US attack count.

In the global shark attack list, the US ranked first, followed by Australia, and then South Africa. 

The Shark Attack File lists 69 instances of unprovoked shark bites on people worldwide in 2023.

Out of those attacks, 36 took place in US waters.

Half of Florida's 16 cases, or 44% of all US cases and 23% of all unprovoked bites globally, occurred in Volusia County.

The majority of attacks occur in the summer, when there are more people in the water.