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A Person’s Chance Of Getting Attacked By A Shark Is 1 In 11.5 Million

January 19, 2012 by staff 

A Person’s Chance Of Getting Attacked By A Shark Is 1 In 11.5 Million, In 2000, the year with the most recorded shark attacks, there were 79 shark attacks reported worldwide, 16 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)[2]. The New York Times reported in July 2003 that there had been only one fatal attack in the previous year.

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, South Carolina and North 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[6].

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.

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