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Top Countries for Shark Attacks

Which countries have been the site of the most confirmed shark attacks against humans since 1580?
Includes external territories
Quiz by AbdulKebabdul
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First submittedJuly 8, 2014
Last updatedSeptember 7, 2018
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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 74
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 77
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 64
Sep 16, 2018
Nice try, shark lobby. I'm not buying it.
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level 77
Jul 9, 2014
Got bored and gave up before guessing Fiji but got the rest. Americans are so delicious!!!!
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level 55
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 50
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 53
May 16, 2017
Im pretty sure the philippines would be on here
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level 77
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 65
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 85
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 65
Aug 23, 2018
Reunion Island is part of France
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level 70
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 53
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 77
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 33
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 57
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 57
Sep 16, 2018
Yes.
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level 65
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 76
Sep 17, 2018
Sadly, we need to add one more to the US statistics.
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level 54
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 44
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.