SHARK! – Geography of USA shark attacks


Source: nwfdailynews.com

Source: nwfdailynews.com

Below is some fascinating data on shark attacks in the United States since 2001. It lists the states with the most sharks attacks for each year since 2001 and whether they were fatal or not. It is quite interesting to see how large a percentage of shark attacks occurred in Florida during the reporting period (57 percent) and how none of the top nine states are located north of North Carolina. Considering Jaws was centered on Massachusetts and that Montauk, New York is famous for its sharks, this could be quite a surprise to many, including this author.

ISAF Statistics for the USA Locations with the
Highest Shark Attack Activity Since 2001

UNITED   STATES
(N=477)

FLORIDA
(N=271)

YEAR

Total   Attacks

Fatal

Non-fatal

YEAR

Total   Attacks

Fatal

Non-fatal

2001

51

3

47

2001

34

1

33

2002

47

0

47

2002

29

0

29

2003

38

1

37

2003

29

0

29

2004

30

2

28

2004

12

0

12

2005

37

1

36

2005

17

1

16

2006

37

0

36

2006

21

0

21

2007

50

0

50

2007

31

0

31

2008

36

1

35

2008

28

0

28

2009

29

0

29

2009

19

0

18

2010

38

2

36

2010

14

1

13

2011

29

0

29

2011

11

0

11

2012

53

1

52

2012

26

0

26

HAWAII
(N=52)

CALIFORNIA
(N=38)

YEAR

Total   Attacks

Fatal

Non-fatal

YEAR

Total   Attacks

Fatal

Non-fatal

2001

3

0

3

2001

1

0

1

2002

6

0

6

2002

4

0

4

2003

5

0

5

2003

1

1

0

2004

3

1

2

2004

6

1

5

2005

4

0

4

2005

3

0

3

2006

3

0

3

2006

1

0

1

2007

7

0

7

2007

4

0

4

2008

1

0

1

2008

2

1

1

2009

3

0

3

2009

4

0

4

2010

4

0

4

2010

4

1

3

2011

3

0

3

2011

3

0

3

2012

10

0

10

2012

5

1

4

SOUTH   CAROLINA
(N=37)

NORTH   CAROLINA
(N=29)

YEAR

Total   Attacks

Fatal

Non-fatal

YEAR

Total   Attacks

Fatal

Non-fatal

2001

5

0

5

2001

3

1

2

2002

2

0

2

2002

3

0

3

2003

2

0

2

2003

1

0

1

2004

1

0

1

2004

2

0

2

2005

5

0

5

2005

2

0

2

2006

4

0

4

2006

1

0

1

2007

5

0

5

2007

2

0

2

2008

2

0

2

2008

3

0

3

2009

0

0

0

2009

1

0

1

2010

4

0

4

2010

5

0

5

2011

2

0

2

2011

4

0

4

2012

5

0

5

2012

2

0

2

TEXAS
(N=17)

OREGON
(N=10)

YEAR

Total   Attacks

Fatal

Non-fatal

YEAR

Total   Attacks

Fatal

Non-fatal

2001

2

0

2

2001

0

0

0

2002

1

0

1

2002

1

0

1

2003

0

0

0

2003

0

0

0

2004

4

0

4

2004

1

0

1

2005

4

0

4

2005

1

0

1

2006

1

0

1

2006

3

0

3

2007

1

0

1

2007

0

0

0

2008

0

0

0

2008

0

0

0

2009

1

0

1

2009

0

0

0

2010

2

0

2

2010

1

0

1

2011

2

0

2

2011

1

0

1

2012

0

0

0

2012

1

0

1

ALABAMA
(N=4)

GEORGIA
(N=4)

YEAR

Total   Attacks

Fatal

Non-fatal

YEAR

Total   Attacks

Fatal

Non-fatal

2001

1

0

1

2001

1

0

1

2002

0

0

0

2002

0

0

0

2003

0

0

0

2003

0

0

0

2004

1

0

1

2004

0

0

0

2005

0

0

0

2005

0

0

0

2006

0

0

0

2006

0

0

0

2007

0

0

0

2007

0

0

0

2008

0

0

0

2008

0

0

0

2009

0

0

0

2009

1

0

1

2010

0

0

0

2010

1

0

1

2011

2

0

2

2011

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

2012

1

0

1

Source: International Shark Attack File, last updated February 14, 2013

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One Response to SHARK! – Geography of USA shark attacks

  1. Octavio T. Conner says:

    Despite their relative rarity, many people fear shark attacks after occasional serial attacks, such as the Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916 , and horror fiction and films such as the Jaws series. Almost all shark experts consider that the danger presented by sharks has been exaggerated. The creator of the Jaws phenomenon, Peter Benchley , attempted to dispel the myth of sharks being man-eating monsters in the years before his death.

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