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Florida Holds Record for Most Shark Attacks in US

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:03:21 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Despite the fear instilled by the 1975 cult classic Jaws, small New England resort towns aren't too much of a shark attack hotspot -- not as much as Florida, at least.

Of the 29 shark attacks recorded so far this year by the Smithsonian-affiliated International Shark Attack File, 17 attacks were reported in Florida throughout eight separate counties.

The high number isn't too surprising. Florida has held the record for the most shark attacks in the United States for decades, making up 49% of unprovoked attacks last year.

Other East Coast states -- Delaware, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina -- have had some shark attack action of their own, with six attacks so far on the East Coast outside Florida.

Down south, Texas and Louisiana were the sites of one attack each.

As for the West Coast, there have been two attacks reported in California. Hawaii accounted for the final two attacks.

None of the attacks so far this year have been fatal.

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