Florida Leads World In Shark Attacks

GAINESVILLE (CBSMiami/AP) — Another dubious distinction for the Sunshine State.

In 2013, Florida led the world in shark attacks last year.

The University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File released a report Monday that said there were 23 unprovoked shark attacks in Florida last year, none were fatal.

Worldwide there were 72 unprovoked shark attacks, including 10 fatalities. The United States had 47 attacks. Hawaii had 13, South Carolina had six and Alabama, California, North Carolina, Oregon and Texas had one each.

A shark attack in Hawaii was the nation’s only fatality. Australia and Réunion each had two shark attack deaths while Brazil, Diego Garcia, Jamaica, New Zealand and South Africa had one each.

Florida’s Volusia County led the state with eight attacks.

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