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Worst Beaches for Shark Attacks

Port Kennedy Beach

Courtesy of Aaron Merrifield

Garden Island, Western Australia

While Western Australia ranks third in the country for attacks (41 attacks and 10 fatalities), the concentration of attacks around Garden Island, a few hours’ drive south of Perth, proves highly unusual. In 2008, Cowaramup Bay became the focus of attention when a swimmer was taken less than a kilometer from where another man had been killed a few years earlier. Then, while leading a swim-with-dolphins snorkeling tour in 2010, Elyse Frankcom was bitten by a great white shark in Port Kennedy not far from where a crab diver was also taken. The attack while swimming with dolphins helps dispel a common myth: “There is no truth to the notion that there are no sharks where there are dolphins,” says Ralph S. Collier of the Shark Research Committee.


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