Terrifying shark attack map shows most dangerous places in world for swimmers

A new interactive shark attack map has revealed the most dangerous places to go swimming around the world.

And despite the UK recording its first bitey incident in years, we're thankfully nowhere near the top.

The map which has been put together by the Florida Museum shows users all recorded unprovoked shark attacks throughout history.

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It also includes details of which species of shark was involved in the attack and whether it was fatal for the swimmer.

Unsurprisingly, Australia, South Africa and the West coast of America are the main hot spots shown on the map with their coastlines covered in red dots.

There is also a conglomeration of spots around the Pacific Ocean and New Zealand.

The UK on the other hand has only two dots representing non-fatal attacks in 1996 and 2017.

As the data only extends to 2021, this year's shark attacks including the tragic mauling of Brit veteran Simon Nellist who was devoured by a great white shark in Sydney in February do not appear on the map.

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Also not included on the map is the UK's first shark attack since 2017, which took place last week and involved a blue shark.

Last Thursday (July 28), HM Coastguard sent Penzance Coastguard Rescue Team to the scene of the UK's only shark attack of the year where they found a snorkeller with bite wounds on their leg.

They were undertaking a trip with Cornwall's Blue Shark Snorkel – which has now stressed that such bites are "extremely rare".

And incredibly last week's victim only had positive things to say about their trip despite their terrifying bloody brush with nature.

“I just wanted to say that despite how the trip ended, it was amazing to see such majestic creatures in the wild and I don’t for a second want this freak event to tarnish the reputation of an already persecuted species," the survivor said in a statement shared by Blue Shark Snorkel.


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