Oregon surfer hospitalized in rare shark attack

Authorities in Oregon were investigating a rare shark attack on the state's Pacific Coast on Monday, Oregon State Police said.

In a news release, police said that Joseph Tanner, 29, of Portland, was injured while surfing at Indian Beach, about 80 miles northwest of Portland. Authorities were dispatched there at 4 p.m. (7 p.m. ET), police said.

Tanner was bitten on his upper thigh and lower leg, police said. The injuries were serious, the release said, and Tanner was air-lifted to a Portland hospital.

According to data collected by Ralph S. Collier of the Shark Research Committee, there have been 25 unprovoked shark attacks in Oregon since 1900. In California, there have been 154, including 13 that were fatal.

In 90 percent of the California attacks, the shark responsible was a Great White, according to Collier.

States with the most shark attacks historically
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States with the most shark attacks historically

10. New York: 10 unprovoked attacks

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9. Georgia: 13 unprovoked attacks

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8. New Jersey: 15 unprovoked attacks

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7. Oregon: 26 unprovoked attacks

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6. Texas: 41 unprovoked shark attacks

The expansive Glaveston beach has had 17 total confirmed attacks.

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5. North Carolina: 60 unprovoked attacks

New Hanover County has had 13 confirmed shark attacks since 1935.

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4. South Carolina: 90 unprovoked attacks

Throughout its history, Charleston County has had 32 shark incidents.

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3. California: 116 unprovoked attacks

San Diego had 17 attacks occur near its beaches.

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2. Hawaii: 143 unprovoked attacks

56 occurred in Maui, home to Wailea and Mākena beaches.

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1. Florida: 748 unprovoked attacks 

At least 275 confirmed attacks occurred in Volusia County, home to New Smyrna and Dayton beaches.

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