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Percentage of survivors of unprovoked shark attacks (Regional)



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Australia has a reputation for vicious shark attacks, and is an oft-cited topic for visitors and locals alike. Australia has the second highest number of recorded shark attack cases from 1580-2013, with a total of 510 reported cases, which is a little less than half the total of the United States, at 1022 total reported cases (International Shark Attack File, January 2014). Many of the attacks occur in deep waters or with surfboard riders, whose wetsuits make them appear quite seal-like, and thus like sharks' usual prey. An unprovoked attack is one which is initiated by the shark, without human provocation.

This FACT indicates the percentage of persons who have survived a shark attack (sustaining injuries) in each Australian state and territory, from 1791 to 2012. It also appears  unranked in the Climate and Environment category. The ACT has been left out of this category due to its complete lack of coastal area and thus an absence of shark attacks.


Source: Taronga Conservation Society Australia, 2013

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