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This year, New Smyrna Beach has been an epicenter for shark attacks, with three people injured by sharks in a hour period last weekend and seven attacks there total.
What draws the 5 to 7-foot sharks — including blacktip, spinner sharks and juvenile sandbar varieties — so close to shore? The geography of the beach also draws great waves, according to Naylor, which attracts many surfers.
But for the most part, he says, the humans and wildlife coexist. Often the bites that sharks take there are exploratory and happen when a shark mistakes an appendage for a school of fish, Naylor says.
Although New Smyrna Beach sees more bites than anywhere else, there are rarely fatalities, Naylor points out.
As of December 8, there have been a total of 76 shark attacks and shark bites 76 with injury, 14 of which are considered provoked publicly reported in Thirty-five shark attacks have been reported in the United States 2 fatal California and Maine , with 22 occurring in Florida 6 provoked , 4 in Hawaii 0 provoked,0 fatal, 0 no injury , 2 in North Carolina 0 provoked, 0 fatal, o no injury and 2 in California 1 fatal.
Twenty-two shark attack bites have been reported in Australia, 8 were fatal. Shark attacks by location in Australia : Western Australia : 5 0 no injury, 0 provoked , Fatal: 3, Unconfirmed: 0.
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There is some speculation that Great Whites are mistaken for Bull Sharks, which account for nine of the fatalities mapped. The ISAF also tracks fatal and non-fatal attacks by species.
When you consider the shark fatalities per year, as shown in the graph above, you realize just how rare it is for a human to have encounters with these large predatory fish.
Most years see between zero and three shark fatalities. While nearly five people lose their lives, every year, due to shark attacks, more than million sharks are killed annually for commercial purposes.
Smell, sight, hearing, electroreception and lateral line are the main shark senses. They provide critical information for the activation of protection defenses and attacks.
Sharks can reach a swim speed of 20 kilometers per hour 12 miles per hour , when preparing an attack. Great white sharks can even peak at 50 kilometers per hour 31 miles per hour.
Get details about shark-infested surfing regions. The requiem shark, the sand tiger shark, the black tip shark, the narrow tooth shark, the hammerhead shark, the spinner shark and the blue shark complete the list of the 10 most lethal species of underwater predators.