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September 21, 2007

By the Numbers: Shark Attacks

Many people think of 2001 as "The Year of the Shark."But the statistics say otherwise:

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2001

2000

Unprovoked attacks worldwide

76

85

Attacks in U.S. waters

55

54

Attacks in Florida waters

37

38

Fatal attacks worldwide

5

12

*All figures are from the International Shark Attack File, compiled and maintained by the Florida Museum of Natural History, the University of Florida and the American Elasmobranch Society. For more information, visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/Sharks/ISAF/ISAF.htm.