World’s shark attack hotspots REVEALED: Interactive map shows the areas with the most encounters


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Last week, a snorkeller was left ‘screaming for assist’ after being bitten by a shark off the coast of Cornwall within the first assault of its type in British waters for 175 years. 

The lady – who has not been recognized – was in Penzance, Cornwall, with Blue Shark Snorkel Trips when the accident occurred final Tuesday.

While unprovoked shark assaults are extraordinarily uncommon within the seas across the UK, they are much extra widespread in different elements of the world. 

The Florida Museum has produced a helpful interactive map that allows you to discover the variety of unprovoked shark assaults all over the world. 

It reveals that the USA is the shark assault hotspot of the world, with 1,563 unprovoked assaults since 1580, adopted by Australia (682 assaults), Republic of South Africa (258 assaults) and Brazil (110 assaults). 

The Florida Museum has produced a handy interactive map based on data from The International Shark Attack File (ISAF) that lets you explore the number of unprovoked shark attacks around the world since 1900

The Florida Museum has produced a helpful interactive map primarily based on information from The International Shark Attack File (ISAF) that allows you to discover the variety of unprovoked shark assaults all over the world since 1900

While unprovoked shark attacks are extremely rare in British waters, they're much more common in other parts of the world. Pictured: a great white shark

While unprovoked shark assaults are extraordinarily uncommon in British waters, they are much extra widespread in different elements of the world. Pictured: an incredible white shark

Countries with probably the most unprovoked shark assaults since 1580 

  1. USA – 1,564
  2. Australia – 682
  3. Republic of South Africa – 258
  4. Brazil – 110
  5. New Zealand – 56
  6. Papua New Guinea – 48
  7. Mascarene Islands – 47
  8. Mexico – 41
  9. Bahama Islands – 33 
  10. Iran – 23 

The interactive map relies on information from The International Shark Attack File (ISAF). 

‘The (ISAF) is the world’s solely scientifically-documented, complete database of all identified shark assaults,’ The Florida Museum explains on its web site.

‘Initiated in 1958, there at the moment are greater than 6,800 particular person investigations overlaying the interval from the early 1500s to the current.’

A slider on the backside of the map permits you to change the date vary from 1900 to 2021, whereas you can too use toggles to pick sure shark species, and whether or not or not the assaults had been deadly.  

You can then discover the variety of unprovoked shark assaults all over the world by drawing a field round information factors you are desirous about.

In 2021, there have been 137 alleged shark-human interactions worldwide, in line with the ISAF. 

This included 73 unprovoked bites – these wherein a chunk on a stay human occurred within the shark’s pure habitat – and 39 provoked bites. 

‘Of the remaining 25 instances, 4 concerned bites to motorized or non-motorized marine vessels (“boat bites”) and one concerned shark-inflicted autopsy bites (“scavenge”),’ Florida Museum explains. 

‘Five instances had been considered “doubtful” or incidents that seemingly didn’t contain a shark. 

‘These included one case attributed to a stingray, three attributed to bony fish and one to harm related to scraping towards a rock.’ 

The map reveals that the USA is the shark attack hotspot of the world, with 1,563 unprovoked attacks since 1580, followed by Australia (682 attacks), Republic of South Africa (258 attacks) and Brazil (110 attacks)

The map reveals that the USA is the shark assault hotspot of the world, with 1,563 unprovoked assaults since 1580, adopted by Australia (682 assaults), Republic of South Africa (258 assaults) and Brazil (110 assaults)

In Europe, Greece is the area with the most shark attacks since 1847 (15), followed by Italy (13) and Spain (6). However, there have only been three attacks recorded in British waters

In Europe, Greece is the realm with probably the most shark assaults since 1847 (15), adopted by Italy (13) and Spain (6). However, there have solely been three assaults recorded in British waters 

Sharks present in British waters 

Smooth hammerhead shark – North Atlantic off the western tip of Cornwall

Blue shark – 10 miles off the southern coast of Cornwall 

Thresher shark – English Channel off the Devon coast 

Shortfin mako shark – Bristol Channel and off the coast of Wales

Porbeagle shark – Most widespread on south coast

Basking shark – Sea of the Hebrides 

Of the 73 unprovoked shark bites recorded final yr, the overwhelming majority (47) had been recorded within the US, with one proving deadly. 

Twelve of the assaults came about in Australia, the place three proved deadly. 

Meanwhile, Brazil, New Zealand and South Africa all had three bites and one fatality every in 2021, whereas New Caledonia reported two incidents, each of which had been deadly. 

Most of the bites had been discovered to be associated to browsing and board sports activities. 

‘Following latest traits, surfers and people taking part in board sports activities accounted for many incidents (51 per cent of the full instances),’ Florida Museum mentioned.

‘This group spends a considerable amount of time within the surf zone, an space generally frequented by sharks, and will unintentionally entice sharks by splashing, paddling and “wiping out.” 

‘Swimmers and waders accounted for 39 per cent of incidents, with the remaining incidents divided amongst snorkelers/free divers (4 per cent) and body-surfers (six per cent.’

While the these statistics might sound alarming, Florida Museum reassures that the danger of being bitten by a shark stays extraordinarily low. 

‘While the incidence of deadly bites in 2021 was increased than is typical, we don’t think about this trigger for alarm,’ it added.

‘At this time, there is no such thing as a proof that the latest spike in fatalities is linked to any pure phenomena. 

‘Rather it’s seemingly the consequence of likelihood, a conclusion underscored by the truth that the variety of unprovoked bites is in step with latest five-year traits.’ 

Last week, a snorkeller was left 'screaming for help' after being bitten by a shark off Cornwall in the first attack of its kind in 175 years - in what the victim branded a 'very scary incident' at sea. Pictured: a blue shark

Last week, a snorkeller was left ‘screaming for assist’ after being bitten by a shark off Cornwall within the first assault of its type in 175 years – in what the sufferer branded a ‘very scary incident’ at sea. Pictured: a blue shark

Last week, a snorkeller was left ‘screaming for assist’ after being bitten by a shark off Cornwall within the first assault of its type in 175 years – in what the sufferer branded a ‘very scary incident’ at sea.

The lady – who has not been recognized – was in Penzance, Cornwall, with Blue Shark Snorkel Trips when the accident occurred final Thursday.

The unfortunate adventurer had been swimming some 15 miles out to sea throughout the £180 per particular person tour when the shark, unprovoked, immediately bit her leg. 

The swimmer was rushed again into the chartered boat the place she was given quick first help and brought ashore for additional therapy.

It is the primary shark assault of its type on an individual in British waters since 1847. Several fishermen have been bitten lately however solely after bringing the ocean creatures on board their vessels.