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Shark Attacks


A Comparison with the Number of Lightning Fatalities in Coastal States of the United States
State Period Number of
Lightning
Strikes
Number of
Lightning
Fatalities
Number of
Shark
Attacks
Number of
Shark
Fatalities
Alabama 1959-1994 295 84 1 0
California 1959-1994 79 21 70 6
Connecticut 1959-1994 88 13 1 0
Delaware 1959-1994 42 15 4 0
Florida 1959-1994 1523 345 226 5
Georgia 1959-1994 410 81 3 0
Hawaii 1959-1994 4 0 51 5
Louisiana 1959-1994 347 116 1 0
Maine 1959-1994 126 22 0 0
Maryland 1959-1994 250 116 0 0
Massachusetts 1959-1994 355 24 0 0
Mississippi 1959-1994 296 89 1 0
New Hampshire 1959-1994 76 8 0 0
New Jersey 1959-1994 185 55 5 0
New York 1959-1994 577 128 1 0
North Carolina 1959-1994 629 165 7 0
Oregon 1959-1994 26 7 12 0
Puerto Rico 1959-1994 36 30 1 0
Rhode Island 1959-1994 49 4 0 0
South Carolina 1959-1994 306 77 12 0
Texas 1959-1994 498 164 14 1
Virginia 1959-1994 235 51 1 0
Washington 1959-1994 40 3 1 0

TOTALS   6,470* 1,618* 412 17
Number per Year (average)   179.7* 44.9* 11.4 0.5
Copyright International Shark Attack File


*Lightning data for coastal states only. In the entire United States during the period 1959-1994 there were 13,057 lightning strikes of humans resulting in 3,239 deaths (362.7 and 90.0 per year, respectively).
 
Source of lightning data: Lightning Fatalities, Injuries and Damage Reports in the United States from 1959-1994, NOAA Technical Memorandum NWS SR-193.
 
Source of shark attack data: International Shark Attack File, 18 July 2003.