Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Shark Attacks in 2000 Most on Record

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Shark Attacks in 2000 Most on Record

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ORLANDO -- Seventy-nine shark attacks -- 10 of them fatal -- were reported around the world last year, the highest number in the four decades that records have been kept.

Florida was No. 1 with 34 attacks, according to a report released yesterday by the International Shark Attack File. The file is a compilation of unprovoked shark attacks since 1958 and is at the University of Florida at Gainesville.

Florida also had the lone U.S. death, which occurred in August in St. Petersburg when a man jumped off his dock.

Florida "has a huge number of people in the water and the number of person-hours in the water is probably higher than anywhere in the world," said George Burgess, director of the file. "We have a tremendously long coastline with tropical waters, a huge native population and a bigger tourist population."

Of the other fatal attacks, three occurred in Australia, two in Tanzania and one each in Fiji, Japan, New Guinea and New Caledonia.

The United States had 51 attacks, followed by Australia with seven, South Africa with five and the Bahamas with four. …

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