Shark attacks decline in the USA and hit mainly surfers

March 3, 2010 | Surfing

Great White Shark: very dangerous | Photo: Hermanus Backpackers

The number of shark attacks in the United States of America has dropped from 41 in 2008 to 28 in 2009 and more than half involved surfers, says a report issued by the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida.

Worldwide, the numbers show a stabilizing trend, as 60 events were observed in 2008 and 61 in 2009.

Experts say it is still too early to declare a declining trend of shark attacks in the USA.

Also, because of emergency medicine only 7% of the attacks reported between 2000 and 2010 were deadly.

Five people died in 2009, against four in 2008.

Four of the five deaths occurred in South Africa with white sharks.

List of shark attacks in 2009:

USA: 28
Australia: 20
South Africa: 6
Egypt: 1
Ecuador: 1
Indonesia: 1
Mozambique: 1
New Caledonia: 1
Vietnam: 1

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