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Shark Attacks


A Comparison of Shark Attacks and Fatalities with the American Alligator
(Alligator mississippiensis) Attacks and Fatalities in the U.S.: 1948-2005
State Number of
Alligator
Attacks
Number of
Alligator
Fatalities
Number of
Shark
Attacks
Number of
Shark Attack
Fatalities
Alabama1 5 0 5 0
Florida2 351 17 509 8
Georgia 3 9 1 8 0
South Carolina4 9 0 38 0
Louisiana5 2 0 2 0
Texas6 15 0 30 1

TOTALS 391 18 592 9
Copyright International Shark Attack File


FATALITY RATE: ALLIGATOR ATTACKS = 4.3% SHARK ATTACKS = 1.5%


1Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
2Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
3Georgia Department of Natural Resources
4South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
5University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Wildlife Damage Management
6Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
 
Source of shark attack data: International Shark Attack File, March 28, 2006.


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