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International Shark Attack File



Year 2000 USA Beach Injuries and Fatalities
*From within the jurisdictions of 68 USLA East and West Coast ocean lifeguard agencies*
Here are what the real odds are based on the data below:


Drowning and other beach-related fatalities1 in 2 million
Drowning fatalities1 in 3.5 million
Shark attacks1 in 11.5 million
Shark attack fatalities0 in 264.1 million


Estimated attendance264,156,728
Lifeguard provision of medical care236,642
Lifeguard rescues from drowning70,771

Drowning (lifeguard areas)12
Drowning (non-lifeguard areas)62
Fatalities (causes other than drowning)58
Total fatalities132


Unprovoked shark attack23
Fatalities0



Sources: USLA (from 68 ocean lifeguard agencies within jurisdiction), ISAF (same beach areas). In 2000 there were 52 unprovoked shark bites, including 1 fatality all US coastal waters.


Data current as of: February 10, 2001
© International Shark Attack File
Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida