Sharks vs. Boating Fatalities

Boating Accidents and Fatalities Compared to Shark Attacks and Fatalities: 1998-2013

StateNumber of Boating AccidentsNumber of Boating FatalitiesNumber of Shark AttacksNumber of Shark Attack Fatalities
TOTALS (Annual Average)34,893 (258)3,916 (29)618 (4.6)13 (0.10)
Alabama1,37926570
California9,880765465
Georgia2,17523260
Florida12,8129783795
Hawaii25549732
North Carolina2,548433351
Oregon1,103227120
South Carolina1,727302470
Texas3,014665200

Source of shark attack data: International Shark Attack File, June 2014.

Source of boating accident data: U.S. Coast Guard.