10 Worst Shark Attack Beaches – These are the most deadliest and dangerous places in the world to go swimming. Sharks here could attack unprovoked and will eat anything!
10: Charleston County, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina is a popular tourist destination as well as an area with many shark attacks. There have been more than 30 shark attacks in Charleston County, in which three of those have been fatal. One of the three attacks was recorded in 1840. A crew member from a pilot boat was accidentally thrown overboard & attacked by a shark while awaiting rescue. Charles Chambers was the next person in Charleston to die in the jaws of a shark in 1852. His boat capsized & he was close enough to barely stand on shore. While walking towards land, he was attacked & killed by a shark. In 1913, stories spread around of a soldier being killed by a shark. However, there have been no details as to whom the soldier was or how the shark killed him. In recent years, there have been several non-fatal attacks, including ten-year-old Riley Harris. Riley was boogie boarding at a beach in Charleston when a shark attacked him. He survived the encounter but sustained a deep bite to his ankle & foot. Riley is one of 12 people in the past decade that have been attacked by sharks in Charleston County, though none of the attacks were fatal.
9: Martin County, Florida
Martin County in Florida is another place that attracts many people & sharks. The first recorded incident was in 1880, when a man who went by the name “Old Cuba” drowned off the coast of Hutchinson Island & was eaten by sharks. In 1960, Sarah Peggy Sargent suffered a similar fate when she fell out of a boat & cut her arms. It’s believed she eventually drowned & sharks later scavenged her body, though the exact details remain a mystery. Of the 36 recorded attacks in Martin County, two have been fatal. One was Sarah Sargent & the other was a kiteboarder named Stephen Howard Schafer that was attacked on February 3rd, 2010 when he was kiteboarding in the waters of Stuart Beach. The most recent attack occurred in September, 2014 when a man was fishing from his boat & accidentally caught a shark. Although he was bit on the leg when he was trying to free the shark from his fishing line, he did manage to survive the incident.
8: Horry County, South Carolina
Horry County is one of the most populated counties in the state of South Carolina. It’s also home to famous tourist destinations like Myrtle Beach. Dating back to 1960, there have been 34 shark attacks on record. The first such incident happened to Monte Gray, who encountered a seven-foot long shark while surf fishing. When he managed to hook a shark and it attacked him, it bit his calf, thumb, and wrist. Monte was able to ward off the shark and live to fish another day. While none of the shark attacks in Horry County have been fatal, there have been an unusual amount of attacks in recent years. In the past decade alone there have been 15 recorded attacks. In September of 2014, a woman had the heel of her foot bit when she was wading through the waters of Surfside Beach. Reports indicate that the attack was unprovoked. In fact, there have been only two known incidents in Horry County where the sharks were provoked. Both happened on separate occasions in 1960; one being Monte Gray and the second occurring to a man named Theldon Gore, who was attacked by an eight-foot, 600-pound shark & survived with bad cuts on his hand, arm, & leg.
7: Volusia County, Florida
Situated between the St. Jonh’s River & the Atlantic Ocean, Volusia County is home to nearly 500,000 people. It’s also the site of more than 280 shark attacks. The first known incident occurred in 1902 to a man who was canoeing in the Ponce Inlet. As soon as his canoe tipped over, a shark fatally attacked him. Then in 1981, 19-year-old Christy Wapniarski was sailing in a 16-foot catamaran when the boat capsized, spilling her & her friends into the water. Christy, her boyfriend Randy, & two other friends had to wait for the sun to rise before making a daring swim to shore. But the current was strong & Christy was not known to be a strong swimmer. Randy heard a scream & looked back to see Christy flailing around as she was being attacked by a shark. He tried her but she quickly bled to death & the group had no choice but to leave her behind. In 2003, there were 20 attacks, though all of the victims survived as did Dakota Hatfield, the most recent victim in Volusia County. On May 29th, 2015, Dakota was wading through the water at Smyrna Beach when a shark bit her right foot. That was the second attack on that same beach that same year, the first of which occurred in January to surfer Matthew Zaccaria, who suffered two puncture wounds on his left foot while surfing.
6: Western Australia
Western Australia is often a popular place for folks to hit the beach. Since the 1870s, there have been 162 confirmed shark attacks; 26 of them being fatal. The first known fatality was in 1895 when a Japanese pearl diver was killed at Barrow Passage. Another deadly attack occurred on November 6th, 2000. Ken Crews was swimming at Cottesloe Beach when a shark caused serious wounds to his torso & bit a leg clean off. He died at the age of 49 years old. On December 29th, 2014, Jay Muscat was spearfishing near Cheynes Beach when a shark killed him. Since 2010, there have been at least 40 attacks, eight of which were fatal. As is often the case, most of the shark attacks occurring in Western Australia were unprovoked, with fewer than 20 of them believed to have been provoked.
5: Papua New Guinea
Located on the Pacific Ocean, Papua New Guinea has a population of just over 7 million people. It’s a rather dangerous place to go swimming as there have been 140 known shark attacks over the years. Of those 140 attacks, 55 of them resulted in fatalities. The first known attack was in 1890 when an 18-year-old man named Tetebre was thrown overboard. A shark that happened to be swimming nearby took a bite off his arm, but Tetebre survived the attack. The first known fatal incident occurred in 1925 when a Papuan man was swimming in the Central Province area. According to the Queenslander Newspaper, the man was swimming when a shark attacked & killed him. While there have been several attacks in recent years, the most recent fatal incident was in 2002 when an elementary school teacher was attempting to retrieve a dingy, during which a shark & killed them.
4: Reunion Island
Reunion Island is nestled between Madagascar & Mauritius on the Indian Ocean. In recent years, it’s been a hotbed for shark attacks. Over the past five years, there have been 18 attacks; seven of which were fatal. On April 12th, 2015, 13-year-old surfing prodigy Elio Canestri was killed while surfing with friends. The shark sank his teeth into Elio’s stomach as he attempted to mount his board for an approaching wave. A second fatality occurred on February 15th, 2015 when a 22-year-old woman named Talon Bishop was killed by a shark while swimming in the Ravine Mula. Since 1913, there have been 55 recorded shark attacks on Reunion Island. Of those 55 attacks, 27 of them resulted in the deaths of its victims. Reunion Island was once a top destination for surfers, but the recent attacks have resulted in a massive decrease of surfers visiting the island.
3: Queensland, Australia
Queensland is the second largest state in Australia & one of the most dangerous areas in regards to shark attacks. Dating back to 1929, there have been at least 300 confirmed shark attacks. In 1847, a cargo & passenger ship by the name of “Sovereign” struck a sandbar & capsized. Many of the people onboard drowned to death & it’s known that the sharks attacked at least two people, though there are few details about these attacks. Over the years, sharks have killed at least 79 people while swimming, fishing, or cruising near a beach in Queensland. The most recent deadly incident was in December of 2014, when an 18-year-old boy named Daniel Smith was spearfishing near the Rudder Reef. After a shark fatally wounded him, his friends were able to flag down a commercial vessel, which tried rushing him to medical professionals. But by the time they arrived, it was too late. Another fatal incident was in November, 1965. 43-year-old Gordon Hobrook was fishing from his 34-foot long boat when he mistakenly hooked a shark. He was pulled overboard, bit by the shark, and ultimately bled to death.
2: Brevard County, Florida
Brevard County, Florida has seen nearly 90 shark attacks over the past 45 years. In the past ten years, there have been nearly 30 attacks; four of which took place in 2015. The most recent victim was an 11-year-old boy named Lucas Vertullo, who was playing in the water when a five-foot bull shark bit his calf. The boy was fortunate enough to survive the incident. Amazingly, there have been no fatal incidents at any of the beaches in Brevard County. But the total number of attacks makes Brevard County one of the most dangerous places in the world to swim.
1: South Africa
The beaches of South Africa have been a dangerous area for swimmers since the mid-19th century. Over the past 150 years, there have been more than 500 attacks on South African beaches. More than 100 of those attacks were deadly & nearly all of them were unprovoked. In 1845, the steamship Birkenhead wrecked in the waters of the Western Cape. According to legend, nearly all of the 445 men onboard the ship were eaten by sharks. The ship struck an uncharted rock & the captain ordered all women & children to a safe part of the ship. Many of the men were then sent to swim to the lifeboats & help others, but they soon found themselves surrounded by sharks. According to one survivor, there were hundreds of sharks nearby & most of the men were quickly killed. There have been three attacks in 2015, though none of them were fatal. Most recently, Mathieu Dasnois was diving near the Port of St. Johns when a shark attacked him. Though he suffered injuries to his legs, left arm, & both hands, he miraculously survived the brutal attack.