The number of reported shark attacks last year increased globally but declined in Florida, the shark capital of the world, according to an annual report released Monday by the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File.
Total reported attacks reached 79 in 2010, up 25 percent from 63 a year earlier, the report found. Six of the attacks were fatal, slightly above average for the year. The 79 attacks were the most since 2000 (80).
The year also saw what file director and shark expert George Burgess said was probably “the most unusual shark incident of my career” — five attacks, including one fatality, in the Red Sea off Egypt’s resort coast last December.
It was “hugely unusual by shark attack standards,” Burgess said in a statement released with the report.
Four of the five attacks, which happened within five days, were attributed to two individual sharks.
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