Worst Beaches for Shark Attacks

The odds may be slim, but swimming can be a risky business at the world’s worst beaches for shark attacks.

Ponce de Leon Inlet, Florida

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Florida deserves two entries because 59 percent of all shark attacks in the U.S. occur there. Ponce de Leon is a lagoon at the mouth of the Halifax and Indian rivers on the mid-Atlantic coast. Surfers and spinner sharks congregate at the river mouth waiting for a choice wave or tasty morsel to come their way. In 2008, there were 23 attacks, breaking the previous record of 21, but none so far has been fatal.

Worst Beaches for Shark Attacks

Ponce de Leon Inlet, Florida

Florida deserves two entries because 59 percent of all shark attacks in the U.S. occur there. Ponce de Leon is a lagoon at the mouth of the Halifax and Indian rivers on the mid-Atlantic coast. Surfers and spinner sharks congregate at the river mouth waiting for a choice wave or tasty morsel to come their way. In 2008, there were 23 attacks, breaking the previous record of 21, but none so far has been fatal.

Courtesy of Andreas Hellman
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