Courtesy of Joshua Surprenant

New South Wales, Australia

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Encounters
with great white sharks have been recorded along popular beaches from Bondi Beach
to Byron Bay, with 55 fatalities and 171 unprovoked attacks. The problem may
lie in the proximity of the continental shelf. “Very deep water close to shore compresses the habitat of coastal
sharks and allows pelagic species like the great white shark to come close to
shore,” says Marie Levine of the Shark Research Institute. Lisa Mondy recently
had her arm bitten to the bone by a great white shark after falling from her
wakeboard near Port Stephens—the same spot where surfer Ben Morcom was mauled
in 2007.

Worst Beaches for Shark Attacks

New South Wales, Australia

Encounters
with great white sharks have been recorded along popular beaches from Bondi Beach
to Byron Bay, with 55 fatalities and 171 unprovoked attacks. The problem may
lie in the proximity of the continental shelf. “Very deep water close to shore compresses the habitat of coastal
sharks and allows pelagic species like the great white shark to come close to
shore,” says Marie Levine of the Shark Research Institute. Lisa Mondy recently
had her arm bitten to the bone by a great white shark after falling from her
wakeboard near Port Stephens—the same spot where surfer Ben Morcom was mauled
in 2007.

Courtesy of Joshua Surprenant

Worst Beaches for Shark Attacks

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