The Most Dangerous Places In The World For Shark Attacks

Anyone who’s seen the classic horror movie ‘Jaws’ might find themselves thinking Amity Island is the most dangerous place in the world for shark attacks. While the film gave the fictional town that reputation, it turns out there are plenty of real-world places that could be just as dangerous in the water.

South Carolina

One hundred and seven shark attacks have been recorded in South Carolina since 1837, making it easily one of the most dangerous places in the world for shark attacks. Of course, having so much coastline is primarily to blame, as there is more water and more beaches for people to fall victim to the great beasts of the sea. Although gentler species are most common, more aggressive species – such as bull sharks and tiger sharks – have also been spotted along the coast.

California

Since 2012, 130 shark attacks have been recorded around California, with three of those ending people’s lives. In fact, three shark bites happened in 2021 alone. Being one side of the Red Triangle, aka the area with a high amount of shark activity, is largely what makes Californian waters so dangerous, teamed with the fact great whites are known to stalk the waters. Why? That’s largely thanks to the huge seal population in the area.

Hawaii
Source: Getty Images

Hawaii

What’s life without taking to the water in Hawaii? After all, the state is made up of islands, which might make it less surprising that there have been 159 shark attacks since 1828. While it might sound high initially, that number might not be too bad when we think about the millions of people who visit Hawaii each year. Sadly, people on the islands have mixed feelings about the sharks. For decades, there have been government-backed shark eradication programs, while other natives refer to tiger sharks as aumakua, aka guardian spirits.

Queensland

There’s a chance that plenty have learned most things in Australia want to end their lives by now. One hundred and sixty-six shark species live in the waters around Australia, with the eastern coast being particularly dangerous for attacks. A lot of this is down to how many people live in the area, with Queensland having a high percentage all on its own. Still, no one was attacked or lost their lives in 2021, with things such as protective shark nets helping to keep them away from the densely-packed beaches.

South Africa
Source: Getty Images

South Africa

Believe it or not, but one of the many reasons people head to South Africa is to dive with sharks. Apparently, the 259 attacks since 1905 haven’t been enough to put people off just yet, even though great white sharks are known to dominate much of the water. Blacktip, bull, hammerhead, tiger, ragged tooth, and mako sharks also reside around South Africa, making it an incredible – yet pretty dangerous – adventure for anyone wanting to get in the water.

The most dangerous places in the world for shark attacks might sound scary, but they don’t mean we have to avoid them at all costs. After all, sharks are pretty incredible creatures.