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World's top shark attack locations

Shark Week: World's Top Shark Attack Hotspots

Here are some facts about the top shark attack countries in the world to get you ready for Shark Week:

1. South Africa
Since 1905, there have been 239 confirmed shark attacks in South Africa. 53 have been fatal, according to the Kwazulu-Natal Sharks Board. Bull sharks, sand tigers and great whites have been the most common culprits. Shark nets and spotters have dramatically reduced rates of attacks on the Natal swimming beaches. Attacks are on the rise in the Cape provinces for unknown reasons. (Kwazulu-Natal Sharks Board)

2. Australia
There have been 528 confirmed unprovoked shark attacks in last 100 years. According to the Taronga Conservation, 136 have been fatal. Florida Museum of Natural History says great whites are responsible for only 64 attacks, but over 48% have been fatal.

3. United States
Since 1837, there have been 687 shark attacks in Florida. USA Today reports that this is more than all other states combined. In 2013, Florida had 23 unprovoked attacks. This led the US and was twice as many as any other country, but, as the Florida Museum of Natural History reports, none of the attacks was fatal. The last fatal attack in the US occurred in Hawaii in 2013. The Honolulu Star Advertiser wrote that a kayaker was attacked while fishing off the coast of Hawaii. The US has had far more shark attacks than Australia, says Florida Museum of Natural History, but 26% have been fatal in Australia versus 4% of US attacks.

4. But don't be scared!
You are more likely to be killed by...

The flu
An asteroid
Falling out of bed

Take precautions, but don't sweat the sharks.

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montanalonewolf August 09 2014 at 7:47 AM

".... more than all other 49 states combined..."
You really think they need to include inland states like WY, MT, KS and the other ~30 states that have no ocean shoreline at all?

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johnmcdowell77 August 09 2014 at 8:11 AM

It's the "number of shark attacks" AOL, not the amount. Try submitting your staff to a literacy exam.

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bluebyrdbath johnmcdowell77 August 09 2014 at 11:34 AM

It's a result of the educational system. If racism, slavery,homophobia, queer theory, female history,transgender studies, black history, withchcraft, the evils of capitalism, etc. are the only things being taught, there isn't much time to learn the basics.(which should be learned in elementary school anyway) That's how you get "your" and you're mixed up,"loose" and "lose", "trolling" instead of "trawling", " less earthquakes" and as you mentioned, the "amount" of shark attacks. It's a hopeless situation. All you can do is find some entertainment in it.

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BETH ;-[ bluebyrdbath August 09 2014 at 5:45 PM

It's disheartening, actually. Not only the lack of education people seem to have, but their absolute refusal to give a damn about it. In fact, they fiercely oppose anyone who points out these God-awful mistakes, and think it's "no big deal."
Sad. So sad.

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stgelights bluebyrdbath August 12 2014 at 7:32 AM

who the h_ _l cares

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blazinglight johnmcdowell77 August 09 2014 at 3:02 PM

john, I was going to bring AOL's attention to that, but you beat me to it. ...

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crowland503 August 09 2014 at 8:48 AM

The phony, deadbeat POTUS should feel at home with the sharks; he knows how to shred the United States Constitution to bits.

Will be so glad to see the Democratic Party Politicians reduced to scrubbing the floors on Capital Hill.
They blindly followed Obama the First; and they deserve to feel the real pain caused to this Nation by the
the Muslin-Taliban Sympathizer who seeks to twist the USA into a third world country. Are you ready to denounce Christianity to save your ass in the Muslin/Islam regime?

Your lesson today, Students, is to tell your neighbors to send mops and pails to the Democratic Politicians.

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dwtomczyk August 09 2014 at 7:33 AM

did they count the shark attacks in Utah?

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David August 09 2014 at 8:56 AM

They listed horses twice, and totally omitted police and other peolple. Typically high journalistic standards.

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north213sylvania August 09 2014 at 3:14 PM

You are more likely to be killed by a black person in Obama's home town.

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kcarthey north213sylvania August 09 2014 at 3:21 PM

The states with the highest murder rates are in the South with Louisiana leading the pack.

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cincyspa kcarthey August 09 2014 at 8:17 PM

Chicago is a city. Louisiana, a state. still the statistics are the same.

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Carol August 09 2014 at 10:10 AM

This is so misleading! Grabs your attention by making you think you may be in danger, then ends with, you're more likely to be killed by (among other things) a toilet? This segment belongs in the toilet ...

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BACE August 09 2014 at 1:26 PM

The worst shark attacks are in Washington D.C.

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bwess8 August 09 2014 at 8:37 PM

They are viscous animals heartless , all consuming , destroyers and they will rip you to shreds if they get a chance . And there numbers are growing out of control . I am talking about PEOPLE NOT SHARKS .

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brewmurgy bwess8 August 09 2014 at 9:32 PM

"Their" growing out of control. Not "there".The only thing growing out of control is your ignorance and stupidity

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Karen bwess8 August 09 2014 at 9:57 PM

Actually, brewmurgy, it IS 'their' numbers, but it's 'they're' growing out of control. You're welcome.

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brewmurgy Karen August 09 2014 at 10:26 PM


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petpetdon August 09 2014 at 4:32 PM

I knew Wisconsin wouldn't be #1.

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LoadHarvester petpetdon August 10 2014 at 1:24 AM

Did you know that there are sharks in the St. Lawrence seaway? They are icelandic sharks and are basically great whites with different markings. Very dangerous pedators.Saw it on youtube.

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