Thanks to Jaws, people now forever fear the ocean’s apex predator—the shark. Luckily, they aren’t a realistic threat in most places, but there are a few areas with some scary shark attack statistics that you might want to skip.
Second Beach, Port St. Johns, South Africa
South Africa is known for its Great White encounters, which is why cage diving is so popular. And to little surprise, fatalities have begun increasing with the growth of cage diving. But not to worry, divers; sharks generally prefer surfers.
Ponce de Leon Inlet, Florida
59% of worldwide shark attack fatalities occur in the US, and Ponce de Leon consistently ranks near the top. In 2008, 23 attacks occurred, breaking the 21-attack record. That said, not a single attack was fatal.
Fraser Island, Australia
Located off the Queensland coastline, Fraser Island waters have a no swim or surf policy. Why? Because sharks of all kinds come to feast there, often in knee and hip-deep water. What’s the message? Stay on the beach in if you value your limbs.
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
To date, New Smyrna has racked up 238 attacks, more than any other beach in the world. This beach accounts for approximately 37% of Florida attacks, mostly by Bull Sharks. As with Ponce de Leon Inlet, however, there have been no fatalities to date.
Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach, California
Since 1900, there have been 142 attacks in Solana Beach, ranking this second on the list behind New Smyrna.
Whimsical holidays can turn deadly in certain areas of Maui and Oahu. Since 1882, 128 attacks have been recorded, with 10 fatalities. The majority of attacks occurred in Maui (36) and Oahu (34).
New South Wales, Australia
New South Wales contains long and cool shorelines attracting sharks of all kinds, some 177 species of sharks at recent counts. Recording attacks started in the 1700’s and now reach 140. 61 have been fatal.