Over the weekend, there was not one, but TWO shark attacks at the Poles in Hanna Park. To say this occurrence is strange is an understatement … the odds of that happening are extremely unlikely.
So, what went down? On Saturday, Derrick Shoup was bitten on the hand. Then a day later, Danny Adams, who took the photos of the bite at the end of this post, was out surfing the Poles when a shark decided to take a little sample of his leg.
While it seems like shark attacks are on the rise, the numbers aren’t as bad as they might seem. The amount of people getting in the water is thousands of times more than the number of attacks. Killer sharks are not lurking out in the water targeting tasty-looking surfers. Just take a look at this handy map that features all the known incidents of shark attacks in recent years.
Most of the shark bites are located along the East coast of Florida, but this is primarily due to our rough surf and cloudy water, which reduces the sharks’ visibility. You’ll also notice that the map has categories for bites and actual deaths (which are quite few). Click on an attack to learn more about it.
Remember, your chances of being attacked by a shark are just one in 11.5 million. We’re not just pulling that out of our asses, this is according to the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File. On average, there are only something like 65 shark attacks worldwide each year. If I haven’t defused your fear quite yet, don’t forget that you’re more likely to be killed by a dog, snake or a deer than a shark. Go surf … you’ll be fine.
Browse photos of the recent attacks from the past weekend below … I did mention these were graphic (photo source — 911 Surf Report):