U.S. Shark Attacks in 2012 Hit Highest Level Since 2000, Report Says

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You love shark stories. Although you are terrified of the sea monsters, research shows that you can't get enough stories about shark attacks, according to CNN. Well, you're in luck. In 2012 alone, there were 80 unprovoked attacks last year worldwide, a slight increase from 2011.

In the United States, there were 53 attacks, which is the most since 2000. Florida had the most attacks at 26. Hawaii came in second with 10, and then California and South Carolina each had five.

In Australia, there were five attacks; there were three off Reunion Island near Madagascar; and four attacks in South Africa - three of which were fatal.

This increase in shark attacks does not come as a surprise for George Burgess, director of the Florida Program of Shark Research. "The numbers from an international standpoint were on target for the last couple of years because, in theory, each year we should have more attacks than the previous year, owing to the rise of human population from year to year."

Still, shark attacks are rarer than you think. Your neighbor's dog and your own toilet pose more dangers to you. (In 1996, toilets injured 43,000 Americans).

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Must be Global Warming.

February 13 2013 at 7:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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