Shark attacks are on the rise in the United States, reports warn

Shark attacks are on the rise in the United States, reports warn
Shark attacks are on the rise in the United States, reports warn

Three people were attacked by sharks on beaches of Texas and Floridaat the start of the Independence Day weekend, according to authorities, adding to a growing list of such incidents that have occurred in the United States this summer.

There have been 28 shark attacks in the United States so far in 2024according to him Tracking Sharks website.

A 21-year-old Ohio man was bitten on the foot while standing knee-deep in water at New Smyrna Beach in Florida, he said. Tamra Malphurs, Volusia County Interim Director of Beach Safety and Ocean Rescue.

On the same day, on South Padre Island off the Texas Gulf Coast, four people encountered a shark and two were bitten, according to a news release from Texas Parks and Wildlife.


Map of shark attacks on the US East Coast in 2024.

Unprovoked shark attacks and fatalities are expected to rise in 2023, warns

Florida is the state where shark attacks are most frequent, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History’s International Shark Attack File.

Since June 2, there have been at least three other attacks, including a California man who was injured by a great white shark and a man in Hawaii who died after being bitten by the animal.

The museum found that unprovoked shark attacks and fatalities worldwide rose slightly in 2023, when a total of 1,000 shark attacks occurred. 69 attacks, 10 of which were fatal.

The United States was the country with the most incidents last year, with 36 attacks and two fatalities. The number of shark attacks has been trending downward since it spiked in 2021, with 47 attacks, the highest recorded by the museum.

Gavin Naylor, “The number of people on beaches continues to increase,” said Dr. Scott, director of the Florida Museum of Natural History’s shark research program. “And as some shark populations are starting to recover, I think we could see an increase in incidents over the next 10 years.”

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