Shark Attack Capital of the World in US

( – As stated in a report from the state’s Museum of Natural History and Florida University, the state of Florida has earned the infamous title of the shark bite capital of the world.

The region around Daytona Beach has been particularly identified as having the highest concentration of shark attacks globally.

The museum maintains the International Shark Attack File, which highlights Volusia County as the global epicenter for such incidents with 351 unprovoked attacks recorded since records began. The earliest incidents tracked by county officials go as far back as 1837.

With the longest coastline among the contiguous U.S. states, Florida has witnessed a staggering 928 shark attacks over the years.

This figure surpasses other states like Hawaii, which has had 195 attacks, California with 138, South Carolina with 118 and New York with such incidents.

The United States tops the list of countries with the most shark attacks, with 1,640 recorded attacks, a milestone that extends nearly two centuries. Following the U.S. are Australia with 706 attacks and South Africa with 262.

In the year 2023 alone, there were 69 documented cases of unprovoked shark bites worldwide.

Of these, 36, or 52%, occurred in U.S. waters. Florida accounted for 16 of these attacks, which represents 44% of the U.S. total and 23% of the global count of unprovoked attacks for the year, with half occurring in Volusia County alone.

These incidents are predominantly reported between Memorial Day and Labor Day during the peak beach-going period.

Notably, two swimmers were bitten near Ponce Inlet, just south of Daytona Beach, in separate instances on Labor Day 2023: one on the left hand and the other on the right foot. Fortunately, both attacks were not life-threatening.

Despite frequent shark sightings, lifeguards in Volusia County note that attacks are exceedingly rare. “Locals that live here interact with sharks on a daily basis and never have any issues,” Volusia Beach safety deputy chief Tammy Malphurs stated to WKMG-TV.

She emphasized that most bites are cases of mistaken identity, adding, “We’ve never had any life-threatening injuries, but we do have a lot of bites, mainly in the New Smyrna Beach area.”

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