posted on Jul, 13 2004 @ 08:09 AM
If you know that the area where you are swiming have incidents of sharks attacks in the past will you still go for a swim? Here are the 2003
stadistics on sharks attacks in the world.
As in recent years, the majority (65%: 36 attacks) of incidents occurred in North American waters, including 35 from the continental United States and
one in the Virgin Islands. The 41 attacks in United States territorial waters (including incidents in Hawaii, the Virgin Islands and Johnson Atoll)
were less than the 2002 (47), 2001 (50) and 2000 (54) yearly figures. Elsewhere, attacks occurred in Australia (6), Brazil (2), South Africa (2), Fiji
(1), India (1), Madagascar (1), and Venezuela (1).
Following recent trends, Florida (31) had most of the unprovoked attacks in the United States. This total also was lower than the 2002 (29), 2001 (34)
and 2000 (37) average yearly figures. Additional U.S. attacks were recorded in Hawaii (4), South Carolina (3), California (1), the Virgin Islands (1),
and Johnson Atoll (1). Within Florida, Volusia County had the most (14) incidents (down from 18 in 2002 and 22 in 2001), which largely is attributable
to very high aquatic recreational utilization of its attractive waters by Florida residents and tourists, especially surfers. Other Florida counties
having attacks in 2003 were Brevard (8), St. Johns (3), Martin (2), Palm Beach (2), Miami-Dade (1), and St. Lucie (1).
Surfers/windsurfers (29 incidents: 54% of cases with victim activity information) were the recreational user groups most often subjected to shark
attack in 2003. Other attacks involved swimmers/waders (20: 38%), and divers/snorkelers (3: 6%). One attack (2%) occurred during a water entry event.