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In the US, shark attacks on humans peaked in 2012

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SharkAccording to the International Shark Attack File, shark attacks reached a 12-year high in 2012. In the past year, 53 shark attacks were reported, 22 more than in 2011 and equal those in 2000. Florida topped the list with 26 attacks followed by Hawaii with 10 and California with 5.

The report notes that the increase in attacks “highlights the need for increasing efforts to improve beach safety, including educating the public about the risk of sharks, providing well-trained lifeguards, and advancing emergency care and medical capabilities in many areas of the world.”

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