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Record number of shark attacks
09 Feb 2016 23:11
A record number of shark attacks took place worldwide last year, according to the University of Florida.
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Warmer waters and more beachgoers are being cited as possible explanations for the 98 attacks.
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However, only six of those attacks were fatal, which is the average number over the past decade, said George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File at the university, which has been collecting data since 1958.
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"The number of attacks we had last year was the highest we've ever recorded," he told AFP.
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But "your chances of dying last year in fact were less, because there were more attacks," he said.
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The United States was the leading country for shark attacks by far with 59, followed by Australia on 18 and South Africa on 8.
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Of the US attacks, 30 occurred in the southeastern state of Florida, while Hawaii saw the only shark-related death.
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