With Shark Week 2019 upon us, Safewise wanted to find out which states had the most shark attacks over the last two decades. A professional review and comparison website analyzed data from all shark attacks, both fatal and nonfatal, reported to Global Shark Attack File from 2000 to 2019.
Hawaii ranked #2 for shark attacks in the country with 117 shark attacks since 2000.
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Over the past decade, shark attacks have gone up in Hawaii by a considerable amount. In 2000-2009 there were 44 attacks, while 77 attacks have been report in the last decade.
• Florida and Hawaii hold the top spots for most shark attacks out of any other coastal states. Florida has 486, while Hawaii has 117 attacks over the last two decades.
• Out of the 91 million recreational swimmers in the US, there are usually about 44 attacked by sharks each year over the past decade.
• There have been only 18 fatal shark attacks in the last 20 years, nine in each decade.
• Men are more likely to fall victim to shark attacks perhaps because they participate in activities like surfing, diving, and long-distance swimming more often than women. Since 2000, one in four victims were female, and three in four were male.