Florida (259 bites): Florida had 259 unprovoked shark attacks between 2012 and 2021, according to the International Shark Attack File (ISAF), making it the highest rate in the world. New Smyrna Beach is pictured.
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Australia (143 bites): In 2022, there were nine unprovoked incidents in Australia: four in New South Wales, four in Western Australia and a single incident in Victoria. Manly Beach in New South Wales is pictured.
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Hawaii (76 bites): Maui is the second-largest of Hawaii's islands, but it's by the far the liveliest when it comes to human-shark encounters. Kaanapali Beach is pictured.
South Africa (29 bites): South Africa had 29 unprovoked shark bites between 2012 and 2021, of which six were fatal. Port St. Johns' Second Beach, located on South Africa's southeastern coast, is pictured.
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South Carolina (45 bites): None of the 45 unprovoked attacks in South Carolina in the decade-long time frame were fatal. Charleston (Kiawah Island is pictured) was the area with the most attacks.
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California (29 bites): San Diego -- Encinitas is pictured -- is the shark bite hot spot of California, with 20 confirmed unprovoked shark attacks since 1926.
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North Carolina (31 bites): North Carolina's coastal waters lie on an important migration route for marine species, writes Chuck Bangley in North Carolina Sea Grant's "Coastwatch," which means most types of shark dwelling on the US east coast will pass through here at some point of the year. Ocean Isle is pictured.
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Réunion Island (19 bites): Lying in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and Mauritius, Réunion is a rainforested volcanic island. Saint-Leu is pictured.
Brazil (10 bites): The state of Pernambuco in northeast Brazil is home to Candeias Beach (pictured) as well as the Fernando de Noronha archipelago of 21 islands and islets.
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Bahamas (5 bites): There were five unprovoked shark attacks in the Bahamas between 2012 and 2021. Green Cay is pictured.