Florida #1 In Shark Attacks For 2022

COCOA BEACH, Florida – Florida accounted for 39% of all shark attacks in the U.S. and 28% of the world’s total in 2022 according to the University of Florida International Shark Attack File (ISAF) 2022 Worldwide Shark Attack Summary.

Florida’s 16 shark attacks in 2022 were lower than the recent (2017-2021) average of 22 attacks.
Shark Attacks Highest In East Central Florida
Volusia County (Daytona Beach area) had the most shark attacks (7) representing 44% of the Florida total, but lower than the five-year average of 9 cases.

Of the nine remaining bites, four occurred in Monroe, and single incidents were reported in Martin, Nassau, Pinellas, Brevard, and Palm Beach counties.


Researchers say that the higher number of shark bites in Florida waters closest to Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando is attributable to high aquatic recreational use by both Florida residents and tourists, including large numbers of surfers, and to the rich nature of its marine fauna.
Shark Attacks By Water Activity
Breaking from recent trends, surfers and those participating in board sports accounted for fewer incidents (35% of the total cases). Swimmers and waders accounted for the majority of incidents at 43%. Snorkelers/free divers accounted for 9%, and the remainder of the activities were too varied to combine. These included jumping in the water, floating on a raft, and scuba diving (13%).
U.S. Shark Attacks In 2022

Consistent with long-term trends, the United States recorded the most unprovoked shark bites in 2022, with 41 confirmed cases. This is lower than the 47 incidents that occurred in the U.S. in 2021. The 41 cases represent 72% of the worldwide total. This is an increase from 2021 when 64% of the worldwide unprovoked bites occurred in the U.S.

Australia’s total of nine unprovoked incidents was lower than the most recent five-year annual average of 15 incidents for the region. Four bites occurred in New South Wales, four bites occurred in Western Australia, and a single incident occurred in Victoria.

Egypt and South Africa each reported two incidents, all of which were fatal. Brazil, New Zealand and Thailand all reported single incidents in 2022.

Outside of Florida, U.S. attacks were recorded in New York (8), California(4), South Carolina (4), Hawaii (5), North Carolina (2) and single incidents in both Texas and Alabama. One of the incidents in Hawaii was fatal.

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