Shark Attacks in the U.S. by the Numbers

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    Unprovoked Attacks by Sharks

    Sandbar shark, swimming, underwater view, Jupiter, Florida
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    While shark attacks in North Carolina caused concern to beachgoers two summers ago, the Outer Banks has not historically been a destination known for shark attacks.

    Ichthyologists at the Florida Museum of Natural History track shark attacks on the International Shark Attack File. These are the top states for shark attacks in recent years.

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  • 02 of 08

    No. 1: Florida

    Lifeguard tower at Fort Lauderdale Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
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    Florida: 385 shark attacks from 2001 to 2016

    The Sunshine State, with its endless coastline, has seen the most shark attacks since recordkeeping began. Most attacks happen along the Atlantic coast, with Volusia and Brevard counties recording the highest numbers. There have been three fatal shark attacks in Florida since 2001.

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    No. 2: Hawaii

    Surfer on a big wave at Jaws
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    Hawaii: 89 shark attacks from 2001 to 2016

    The Hawaiian islands with the most attacks are Maui and Oahu. There have been three fatal shark attacks in Hawaii since 2001.

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    No. 3: South Carolina

    Sea oats and small beach fences are illuminated at sunrise on a beach on Hilton Head Island, SC.
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    South Carolina: 58 shark attacks from 2001 to 2016

    The South Carolina locations with the most attacks are Charleston and Horry counties. There have been no fatal shark attacks in South Carolina since 2001.

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    No. 4: California

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    California: 49 shark attacks from 2001 to 2016

    The California locations with the most attacks are scattered fairly evenly along the coast. There have been five fatal shark attacks in California since 2001.

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    No. 5: North Carolina

    Nags Head, Outer Banks, NC
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    North Carolina: 45 shark attacks from 2001 to 2016

    The North Carolina locations with the most attacks have traditionally been in the southern part of the state. There has been one fatal shark attack in North Carolina since 2001.

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    No. 6: Texas

    East Beach, Galveston, Texas, United States of America, North America
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    Texas: 22 shark attacks from 2001 to 2016

    The Texas locations with the most attacks are Galveston and Nueces. There have been no fatal shark attacks in Texas since 2001.

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    No. 7: Oregon

    Morning light adds beauty to wildflowers and fog covered rock formations at Bandon State Park, Oregon
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    Oregon: 12 shark attacks from 2001 to 2016

    Thankfully, there have been no fatal shark attacks in Oregon since 2001.