By the Numbers: Shark Attacks

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

** ¿** 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