Shark vs. Boating Fatalities

Boating Accidents and Fatalities Compared to Shark Attacks and Fatalities: 1998-2013

StateNumber of Boating AccidentsNumber of Boating FatalitiesNumber of Shark AttacksNumber of Shark Attack Fatalities

Alabama 1,379 265 7 0
California 9,880 765 46 5
Georgia 2,175 232 6 0
Florida 12,812 978 379 5
Hawaii 255 49 73 2
North Carolina 2,548 433 35 1
Oregon 1,103 227 12 0
South Carolina 1,727 302 47 0
Texas 3,014 665 20 0

TOTALS 34,893 3,916 618 13
Number per Year (average) 258 29 4.6 0.10


Source of shark attack data: International Shark Attack File, June 2014.

Source of boating accident data: U.S. Coast Guard. 

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