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Shark Attacks

Shark attacks occur in the state of Florida and worldwide. Read about current and historical statistics on shark attacks, relative risks, and prevention.



Sharing the Water with Sharks: Awareness and Education are Key

Experts offer tips on sharing state waters with one of the earth's oldest predators.

Reducing the Odds of a Shark Attack

There are precautions you should take to avoid shark attacks.

Shark Attack Statistics

Statistics on shark attacks, including a compilation of all known shark attacks in Florida and worldwide, can be found within the International Shark Attack File, administered by the American Elasmobranch Society and the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Would You Like to Learn More?

Visit these Web links for more shark information.


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