Tiger Shark [Photo courtesy: Albert Kok, Wikimedia Commons]
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Florida led the world with 23 shark attacks last year, though none of them were fatal, and among Florida's 67 counties, Volusia led the state with eight attacks.
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, most in the United States and more than any other country. "Unprovoked attacks" are defined as incidents where an attack on a live human by a shark occurs in its natural habitat, without human provocation of the shark.
The International Shark Attack File investigated 125 incidents of alleged shark-human interaction occurring worldwide in 2013. Upon review, 72 of these incidents represented confirmed cases of unprovoked shark attacks on humans, 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.
Elsewhere in the world, attacks occurred in Australia (10), South Africa (5), Réunion (3), and Jamaica (2), with single incidents reported from Brazil, Diego Garcia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, and the Republic of Seychelles.
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.
The 2013 yearly total of 72 unprovoked attacks was lower than the 81 recorded in 2012 and represents the lowest global total since 67 in 2009.