Sharks vs. Rip Currents

Rip Current Rescues and Fatalities Compared to Shark Attacks and Fatalities

YearNumber of Rip Current RescuesNumber of Rip Current FatalitiesNumber of Shark AttacksNumber of Shark Attack Fatalities

2004 33,354 44 30 2
2005 24,089 12 37 1
2006 32,961 28 36 0
2007 40,810 53 50 0
2008 41,610 34 36 1
2009 37,434 39 29 0
2010 39,915 72 38 2
2011 32,687 19 31 0
2012 35,935 22 53 1
2013 22,499 38 47 1

TOTALS 341,294 361 379 8

Source of rip current data: United States Life Saving Association.

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

© International Shark Attack File
Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida