Shark Attack Facts

Video highlights from Shark Attack Experiment

Get some facts about shark attacks!

1.    93% of shark attacks from 1580 to 2010 worldwide were on males.

2.    In 2010, North American Waters had 42% of all confirmed unprovoked attacks worldwide (32 attacks).

3.    Surfers accounted for 50.8% of all attacks in 2010.

4.    Swimmers and Waders accounted for 38% of all attacks in 2010.

5.    Snorkelers and divers accounted for 8% of all attacks in 2010.

6.    Inflatable rafts/inner tubes accounted for 3% of attacks in 2010.

7.    2010 was the most dangerous year for unprovoked shark attacks in a decade with 79.

8.    Over the last half-century, there have been more unprovoked shark attacks in Florida (27 out of a total 139) between 2-3 pm than any other time of the day

9.    New Smyrna Beach in Florida is the shark attack capital of the world according to ISAF. It is estimated that anyone who has swam there has been within 10ft of a shark.

10.    September is the month with the most Shark attacks in Florida (93) 1920-2010

11.    Since 1907 201 out 220 Great White Attacks have occurred when the human was less than 6ft from the surface.

12.    You have a 1 in 63 chance of dying from the flu and a 1 in 3,700,000 chance of being killed by a shark during your lifetime.

13.    Over 17,000 people die from falls each year. That’s a 1 in 218 chance over your lifetime, compared to a 1 in 3,700,000 chance of being killed by a shark

14.    In 1996, toilets injured 43,000 Americans a year. Sharks injured 13.

15.    1n 1996, buckets and pails injured almost 11,000 Americans. Sharks injured 13.

16.    In 1996, 2600 Americans were injured by room fresheners. Sharks injured 13.

17.    The US averages just 19 shark attacks each year and one shark-attack fatality every two years. Meanwhile, in the coastal U.S. states alone, lightning strikes and kills more than 37 people each year.

18.    Since 1959, Florida has had more shark attacks (603) than lightning fatalities (459).

19.    Since 1959, California has had more shark attacks than lightning fatalities (89/30).

20.    Since 1959, Hawaii has had 97 Shark attacks but no lightning fatalities.

21.    Only 5 people die from shark attacks yearly, while millions of people die from starvation.

22.    For SAEL: Since 1905, Natal (where Durban is) has had 89 shark attacks and 27 fatalities.

23.    For every human killed by a shark, humans kill approximately two million sharks.          

24.    Most shark attacks occur less than 100 feet from the shore mainly around popular beaches in North America (especially Florida and Hawaii), Australia, and South Africa.

25.    In 2008 a Polar bear Jaw was found in a Greenland Shark’s stomach

26.    A whale shark can filter 1.5 million litres (400,000 gallons) of water an hour when feeding. That’s enough to supply 1,000 US homes for a day.


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