Courtesy of Doug Engle Marietta GA

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

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With
238 to date, New Smyrna Beach consistently sees more shark attacks annually
than any other beach on the planet. (In 2008 it recorded more than a dozen
incidents, according to the Global Shark Attack File.) The beach is part of Volusia County, which accounts for roughly
37 percent of Florida’s attacks. New Smyrna Beach has never yet had a fatality; most
attacks amount to minor nibbles by young bull sharks, some no bigger than river
trout. Still, it pays to have every bite treated by a doctor. “Bull sharks eat
carrion so those cuts can easily become infected,” cautions Ralph S. Collier, president of the Shark Research
Committee.

Worst Beaches for Shark Attacks

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

With
238 to date, New Smyrna Beach consistently sees more shark attacks annually
than any other beach on the planet. (In 2008 it recorded more than a dozen
incidents, according to the Global Shark Attack File.) The beach is part of Volusia County, which accounts for roughly
37 percent of Florida’s attacks. New Smyrna Beach has never yet had a fatality; most
attacks amount to minor nibbles by young bull sharks, some no bigger than river
trout. Still, it pays to have every bite treated by a doctor. “Bull sharks eat
carrion so those cuts can easily become infected,” cautions Ralph S. Collier, president of the Shark Research
Committee.

Courtesy of Doug Engle Marietta GA

Worst Beaches for Shark Attacks

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