Hawaii ranks #2 in America for shark attacks over past two decades
With Shark Week 2019 upon us, Safewise wanted to find out which states had the most shark attacks over the last two decades. A professional review and comparison website analyzed data from all shark attacks, both fatal and nonfatal, reported to Global Shark Attack File from 2000 to 2019.
Hawaii ranked #2 for shark attacks in the country with 117 shark attacks since 2000.
Over the past decade, shark attacks have gone up in Hawaii by a considerable amount. In 2000-2009 there were 44 attacks, while 77 attacks have been report in the last decade.
• Florida and Hawaii hold the top spots for most shark attacks out of any other coastal states. Florida has 486, while Hawaii has 117 attacks over the last two decades.
• Out of the 91 million recreational swimmers in the US, there are usually about 44 attacked by sharks each year over the past decade.
• There have been only 18 fatal shark attacks in the last 20 years, nine in each decade.
• Men are more likely to fall victim to shark attacks perhaps because they participate in activities like surfing, diving, and long-distance swimming more often than women. Since 2000, one in four victims were female, and three in four were male.