Top Countries for Shark Attacks

Which countries have been the site of the most confirmed shark attacks against humans since 1580?
Includes external territories
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First submittedJuly 8, 2014
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Country
1426
United States
621
Australia
252
South Africa
104
Brazil
66
France
51
New Zealand
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Country
48
Papua New Guinea
40
Mexico
30
Bahamas
23
Iran
22
Fiji
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Level 79
Jul 8, 2014
Just so people don't think shark attacks are anything but rare, this list is based on all attacks from 1580 to the present. There have been only 569 recorded fatalities due to shark attacks from 1580 to the present. Sharks generally mistake us for seals and when they discover we don't taste like seals they leave us alone. Makes for great television though.
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Level 81
Jul 9, 2014
Also, this is "recorded" shark attacks... since 1580 the USA has kept much better records than most other places.
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Level 65
Sep 16, 2018
Nice try, shark lobby. I'm not buying it.
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Level 73
Jun 6, 2020
I guess I know who is going to be "mistaken for a seal" very soon.
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Level 82
Nov 9, 2020
I vaguely knew the lady who got killed in the US this year. I think it was only the 2nd worldwide for the year.
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Level 81
Jul 9, 2014
Got bored and gave up before guessing Fiji but got the rest. Americans are so delicious!!!!
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Level 60
Sep 19, 2018
I think a country needs four things to appear prominently among the countries in this quiz: (1) large population; (2) access to warm seas; (3) good record keeping going back a long time; and (4) a wealthy population who can afford to spend time on the beach. Small wonder the United States tops the list.
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Level 60
Sep 21, 2018
Being such an obese country no doubt contributes to winning the being-eaten-by-a-shark contest, too. :)
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Level 82
Jan 21, 2020
Sharks like people made of butter, bacon and McDonald's.
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Level 73
Nov 15, 2020
On a per capita basis, I'd say Australians are considerably more delicious, it seems.
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Level 62
May 16, 2017
Im pretty sure the philippines would be on here
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Level 81
Sep 16, 2018
The water is so dirty around major population centers I don't think humans or sharks want to go swimming in it.
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Level 69
Aug 23, 2018
As some have suggested, I suspect much of it has to do with record keeping. For instance, I am amazed the Philippines did not make the list; that could easily be the result of haphazard recording of attacks. Iran is the one that I failed to guess, and am still quite surprised by. Could that be more the result of meticulous record keeping than anything else? I wonder.
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Level 36
Nov 22, 2019
It's actually due to waters not being suitable for sharks.
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Level 88
Aug 23, 2018
This is actually copied and pasted from the source...

USA 1407

Australia 621

Republic of South Africa 252

Brazil 104

New Zealand 51

Papua New Guinea 48

Mascarene Islands (Reunion Island) 42

Mexico 40

Bahama Islands 30

Iran 23

Fiji Islands 22

Egypt 19

Japan 15

Greece 15.

The figure for USA in the quiz is incorrect and France only have 5, not 66.

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Level 67
Aug 23, 2018
Reunion Island is part of France
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Level 72
Aug 23, 2018
Good job to the quiz maker for recognizing that Puerto Rico is part of the United States, along with other territories. The number cited is then correct when these numbers are added up.
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Level ∞
Aug 23, 2018
Yes, the quiz is correct.
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Level 71
Nov 17, 2020
How did you get to Level 88 and manage to think Reunion is a country and not part of France? Did you miss out on a few quizzes or a few hundred?
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Level 60
Aug 23, 2018
This is RECORDED, which has very little to do with ACTUAL numbers. As everyone noted the countries thate make up the top of the list are the only ones that keep record. India, the Philippines, Indonesia and eastern African countries would probably be at the top of the REAl list. Anyway, even counting probably thousands of non recorded instances in the last centuries, shark attack numbers are still minuscule compared to those of dog, cattle, snake, crocodile or even bee or wasp attacks.
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Level 81
Aug 23, 2018
They might be higher but I sincerely doubt they would be at the top. There aren't that many indigenous surfers in Indonesia or Somalia. If you don't go swimming out in the ocean you're not going to get attacked by sharks.
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Level 32
Aug 24, 2018
There may also be a bias in some countries to suppress reports in order not to discourage tourism. But it's also a good point that the number of surfers & swimmers in the water will have a big effect. I wonder how many fishermen get bitten.
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Level 58
Aug 25, 2018
In other quizzes, external territories do not count. If Reunion, Tahiti, New Caledonia are to count, then at the very least in the notes it should say INCLUDING EXTERNAL TERRITORIES.

The data source also segregates the Canary Islands from Spain, which is strange.

The Sun did an article on shark attacks since 1900, their figures were 50 for Italy, 38 for UK and 35 for Spain. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4084241/as-a-third-shark-attack-rocks-majorca-europes-most-dangerous-spots-to-swim-are-revealed-and-britain-is-in-second-place/

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Level ∞
Aug 25, 2018
Added a caveat. Isn't the Sun a tabloid?
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Level 60
Sep 16, 2018
Yes.
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Level 36
Nov 22, 2019
Never believe anything The Sun puts out.
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Level 67
Sep 17, 2018
Interesting that so many of these countries are English-speaking, or frequented by English speakers - Australia, but not Indonesia? South Africa, but not Mozambique? I think the source is biased.
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Level 82
Nov 9, 2020
More like the sharks are.
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Level 78
Sep 17, 2018
Sadly, we need to add one more to the US statistics.
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Level 55
Sep 17, 2018
An indian friend of mine said that he knows people from his village that were killed by sharks. Also, there are some weird fatalities in a place in Greece known for its deep waters. In other words, shark fatalities are indeed rarer than what is often depicted, but they remain largely underreported. This is also confirmed by the absence of India, Indonesia and other countries, while USA dominates.
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Level 46
Sep 18, 2018
A boat carrying 5 fishermen off Isla Mujeres, Mexico disappeared 2 years ago. No sign of any of them - shark perhaps? Recorded as such, probably not.