Shark attack stories seem to always become national news during the summer months. The bad news is different species of shark swim beneath the surface of most beaches – meaning an encounter is possible virtually anywhere. The good news is flying champagne corks result in more deaths annually than sharks.
The following list identifies the ten locations around the world where shark attacks happen at the highest frequency and is based on the International Shark Attack File’s current data on “World Locations with Highest Attack Rates” from 2007 to 2016. It is important to note that an attack does not imply a fatality; rather an “attack” is defined as “an unprovoked encounter between a human and a shark.” A fatality, for ISAF purposes, is when a person’s cause of death is the attack. And while this list is ordered based on how often attacks occur at each location, it should be noted that Australia, South Africa, and Reunion Island are currently the deadliest shark attack locations in the world.