The Hard Numbers of Shark Attacks in 2017 – U.S. has by far the most attacks, but no fatalities

The Hard Numbers of Shark Attacks in 2017 – U.S. has by far the most attacks, but no fatalities

Bodysurfing, oddly enough grouped with “horseplay” in the study, is down at the bottom with three percent of attacks. “The number of human-shark interactions is directly correlated with time spent by humans in the sea,” says the report.

We had 53 unprovoked attacks last year (unprovoked means the shark wasn’t being cornered or bullied by a diver or something), 60 percent of the planet’s total.

Some 59 percent of shark attacks last year involved somebody paddling around on a board of some kind.

The authors also insist that while attacks are predicted to increase because more and more people are spending time in the ocean than ever before, fatality rates have been declining for years.

Australia, you won’t be surprised to learn, but with only 14 attacks and 1 fatality, a number you’d think would be far higher considering recent activities near Margaret River.

Read more here: Surfer Mag

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