The world’s most dangerous shark zones for surfing

Nevermind the fact that it’s known as shark-attack capital of the world, Evan Geseilman recently relocated back to his home break of New Smyrna Beach on the East Coast, where he reckons he surfs more than in California.

Over the last 10 years, the state of Florida comes out front by a fair lead with a total of just over 200 shark attacks. But while the waters off the coast of Florida are well-known sharky territory, the main reason for such a high incidence of attacks stems from the millions of visitors that visit Florida’s white sand beaches every year. The more people in the water, the greater the chances of an attack.

However, it’s worth bearing in mind that most attacks in Florida are minor. The state has only recorded two fatal attacks in the last 10 years and a total of 14 over the last 100 years or so. Juvenile white pointers and other man-eating sharks such as tiger and bull sharks are known to frequent the region, at times circumnavigating Florida’s pan-handle right into the Gulf of Mexico (possibly to give birth) but a greater proportion of fatal attacks have been reported to occur in North Carolina, where the continental shelf drops off into deep water much faster.


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