Shark Attacks On Increase

Experts say shark attacks in America increased, with the U.S. seeing almost half of the attacks worldwide.

The University of Florida's International Shark File tracks unprovoked shark attacks. In 2010, Florida led the U.S. with 13 attacks, while North Carolina was second with 5 confirmed attacks.

In Florida the number of attacks saw a decrease from the previous year, while in North Carolina the numbers jumped from just one attack in 2009. Over the past 10 years, North Carolina last saw five attacks in 2000, while most years only recorded one or two attacks.

New Hanover County leads the state with the most attacks since 1935 with nine, followed by Onslow and Carteret counties with eight each.


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  • by BT Location: NJ on Sep 30, 2011 at 08:52 AM
    I visited the NC coast this summer and ran into a 4-5 ft shark in knees deep water around alot of people. it was maybe 10 ft off the beach and around 11 am. it freaked me out a bit and got out of the water until it went away. i didn't want to clear the beach and my son was there and didn't want to scare him for life.
  • by jay Location: pa on Feb 8, 2011 at 04:21 PM
    i agree boats if you ask any life gard or local or the chamber of commerce the will tell you there are no sharks so i dont see what the fuse was about
  • by Bruce the Shark Location: Greenville on Feb 7, 2011 at 07:00 PM
    Whats wrong with the taste of the people in Georgia and South Carolina?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 7, 2011 at 06:29 PM
    Why not?! BIG FAT JUICEY PEOPLE THESE DAYS!!! Im staying outta the water!!!
  • by Boats Location: Beaufort on Feb 7, 2011 at 05:30 PM
    "Emerald Isle in Carteret County ocean front does'nt have sharks" just ask the Chamber of Commerce.
  • by google is great Location: carteret county on Feb 7, 2011 at 05:20 PM
    Jrod, you should do a bit more to educate yourself... http://www.carolina-beaches.com/shark-attacks.htm
  • by jrod Location: pa on Feb 7, 2011 at 04:35 PM
    emerald isle in carteret county ocean front doesent have sharks so i dont know what there talking about
  • by Anonymous on Feb 7, 2011 at 03:59 PM
    Blame a Bush, Jeb is trying to get the tourist dollars to stay in Florida.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 7, 2011 at 03:25 PM
    Its not a shark attack. A shark attack would be if the shark got out the water and attacked somebody it's the sharks home and he is protecting it like u or I would if someone came into our home
  • by V on Feb 7, 2011 at 03:23 PM
    This aint rocket science here.An almost brain dead feeding shark will feed on any stupid person and or anything that swims in the ocean.Remember one thing people.You are the lower part of the food chain when you jump in that big body of salt water.There are no cages to keep bad things from happening.There is no where to go when that nasty lemon shark or whatever shark grabs you but to the bottom as poop.
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