Worst Beaches for Shark Attacks

Courtesy of Gavin McNaughton

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

Second Beach, Port St. Johns, South Africa

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Cage diving with great white sharks draws tourists to South Africa like sharks to a bloody carcass—which is exactly what many tour operators use to guarantee sightings. Chumming the water with blood teaches sharks to associate humans with food and, according to Surfers Against Shark Cage Diving, the number of fatal attacks in South Africa has skyrocketed since the introduction of cage diving in 1992. There have been 23 fatalities since 1990, more than during the entire previous century. The style of attacks supports their case: white sharks are hunting at surf beaches.

Second Beach, Port St. Johns, South Africa

Worst Beaches for Shark Attacks

Second Beach, Port St. Johns, South Africa

Cage diving with great white sharks draws tourists to South Africa like sharks to a bloody carcass—which is exactly what many tour operators use to guarantee sightings. Chumming the water with blood teaches sharks to associate humans with food and, according to Surfers Against Shark Cage Diving, the number of fatal attacks in South Africa has skyrocketed since the introduction of cage diving in 1992. There have been 23 fatalities since 1990, more than during the entire previous century. The style of attacks supports their case: white sharks are hunting at surf beaches.

Courtesy of Gavin McNaughton
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