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Florida Named World Shark Attack Capital – With US Waters Ranked Global No. 1 in Bites

According to a report, Florida topped the list with 16 unprovoked shark attacks in 2023



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According to an International Shark Attack File shared by the Florida Museum, from 1882 to the present, there have been 351 confirmed unprovoked shark attacks in the Volusia County area, followed by 159 in Brevard and 83 in Palm Beach.

The ISAF 2023 Shark Attack Report states that Florida had the most unprovoked bites in the US last year with 16, meaning the state represents 44 percent of the US total and 23 percent of the unprovoked bites are registered worldwide. However, the report stated, “This is lower than the most recent five-year annual average of 19 incidents in Florida.”

Related: Mother, 26, dies in apparent shark attack while swimming with daughter, 5, off the coast of Mexico



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Florida was followed by eight bites in Hawaii in 2023, one of which was fatal. New York came next with four bites, ahead of California with two bites; one of which was fatal. North Carolina recorded three bites in 2023, South Carolina two and New Jersey one.

Of the 16 bites recorded in Florida, eight were in Volusia County. “Of the eight remaining bites, two occurred in Brevard County, two in St. Lucie County, and one each occurred in Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Escambia, and Pinellas counties,” the report continued.

The new report found that the global total of unprovoked shark bites was slightly higher than average last year, but the number fell from 41 recorded incidents in the US in 2022 to 36 total and two fatal incidents in 2023.



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Overall, the US ranked first, followed by Australia with 15 bites, four of which were fatal, according to the 2023 report.

“Seven of these occurred in Western Australia, one of which was fatal (bull shark), and five bites occurred in South Australia, three of which were fatal (all white sharks). One bite was recorded off Queensland, off New South Wales, and for Tasmania throughout the year,” the ISAF said.

The report found that 42 percent of shark attack victims were surfing or playing board sports at the time of the encounter. 39 percent were swimming/wading, 13 percent snorkeling/freediving, and six percent were listed as ‘other’.

Related: Boston woman killed in shark attack while paddle boarding near Bahamas Resort



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“The overall number of unprovoked shark bites worldwide remains extremely low. The number of fatalities has increased in the past year. Most fatalities in 2023 were due to white shark bites (three in Australia, one in California),” the report said.

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According to a graph, the number of shark attacks increases from 1926 to now around summer, with most occurring in September.

According to data shared by the Florida Museum, there have been 926 confirmed unprovoked shark attacks in Florida from 1882 to the present.

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