UF study finds Florida leads world in number of shark attacks

Published On: Feb 18 2014 07:19:05 AM EST
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -

Florida led the world in shark attacks last year, though none of them were fatal.

The University of Florida's International Shark Attack File released a report Monday that said there were 23 unprovoked shark attacks in Florida last year, most in the United States and more than any other country.

Worldwide, there were 72 unprovoked shark attacks, including 10 fatalities. The United States had 47 attacks. Hawaii had 13, South Carolina had six and Alabama, California, North Carolina, Oregon and Texas had one each.

A shark attack in Hawaii was the nation's only fatality. Australia and R?union each had two shark attack deaths while Brazil, Diego Garcia, Jamaica, New Zealand and South Africa had one each.

Florida's Volusia County led the state with eight attacks.

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