1. Volusia County, Fla. : since 1882 there have been 210 attacks, luckily none of which was fatal, and they all happened in this particular county. New Smyrna Beach, situated in Volusia, is humorously called the “Shark Attack Capital of the World” due to having more shark-related incidents per square mile than at any other place in the world. Still, the beach is one of Florida’s most popular surfing sites and when the deputy beach chef closes it because of shark sightings and attacks, he gets angry voice mails. To be fair, shark attacks in Volusia County tend to be relatively non-dangerous and few victims even manage to drive themselves to hospital.
2. South Africa : it holds the record with 42 fatalities and 214 shark attacks altogether having occurred in the past century. Yet, what is worth pointing out is these attacks happened along all 2,798 miles of coastline compared to Volusia’s 210 which all occurred in the same county.You can see more than 10 different types of sharks there, including tiger, hammer head and bull. Dyer Island, situated close to Capetown, is called “Shark Alley” because of the many sharks you see in the water, especially great whites.
South Africa is a popular shark diving spot. Some people claim it is a way of learning more about sharks in their natural habitat but others state that baiting the waters can change sharks’ natural behaviour toward humans.
3. New South Wales, Australia : there have been 140 attacks and 61 fatalities since 1700 according to ISAF. Recent incidents include a 16-year-old surfer who was killed by a shark, divers forced to stay on a shipwreck piece by a hovering shark and a woman knocked off her surf ski.
There are nets and mesh installed in Queensland’s waters but environmentalists argue they not always stop sharks but trap and slay species in jeopardy instead. To avoid that conservationists support constructing caged pens for swimmers instead.