Worst Places for Animal Attacks

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From sharks to polar bears, animals can strike at any moment. Here’s where they’re most threatening.

Florida: Alligators

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Alligators attack all over the U.S. An elderly golf player recently lost his arm after he was dragged into the greens pond at the Ocean Creek Golf Course in Beaufort County, SC. But Florida sees the most, with about 7–8 attacks a year and a fatality every couple of years. Attacks happen when unsuspecting people get too close to water where gators live.

Survival Tip: If an alligator bites you, fight back—thrash, make noise, hit, kick, and poke its eyes until it releases you.

Safe Spotting: For a slice of Old Florida, the steady glass-bottom boats at Silver Springs in Ocala can’t be beat for getting crisp views of the gators in their underwater environment.

Worst Places for Animal Attacks

Florida: Alligators

Alligators attack all over the U.S. An elderly golf player recently lost his arm after he was dragged into the greens pond at the Ocean Creek Golf Course in Beaufort County, SC. But Florida sees the most, with about 7–8 attacks a year and a fatality every couple of years. Attacks happen when unsuspecting people get too close to water where gators live.

Survival Tip: If an alligator bites you, fight back—thrash, make noise, hit, kick, and poke its eyes until it releases you.

Safe Spotting: For a slice of Old Florida, the steady glass-bottom boats at Silver Springs in Ocala can’t be beat for getting crisp views of the gators in their underwater environment.

Alex Gore/Alamy
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