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When and where (by far) are you most likely to be attacked by a shark in Florida?

We swim where they live.


We swim where they live.



When? The answer is now. Where?

While the overall risk of being bitten by a shark is extremely low, the highest rate of shark bites in Florida is in Volusia, Brevard and Indian River counties.

"It's nine-fold the shark attack rate of the rest of Florida," said Raid Amin, a professor of at University of West Florida's math and statistics department, who wrote a 2012 research paper about the risk. "You're smack in the middle."

Despite all the shark hoopla, this year's shark bites aren't statistically anything beyond the norm.

"The Florida total will probably be similar to what we had last year," said George Burgess, who runs the International Shark Attack File at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Read it all from Florida Today via USA Today. Earlier this summer on the blog: Some things you should know about sharks.

[Last modified: Monday, August 25, 2014 8:23am]


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