10 Most Dangerous Places for Shark Attacks

Brevard County, Fla.
Cocoa Beach looks calm now, but watch out for rip currents, lightning and sharks!
Cocoa Beach looks calm now, but watch out for rip currents, lightning and sharks!
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­Of the 71 attacks that occurred in the world in 2007, 32 of them happened in Florida [source: ISAF]. Florida has so many attacks that it warrants two spots on this list, the first being the beaches that make up Brevard County. In the waters off Brevard County, 122 attacks and one fatality have occurred since 1882 [source: ISAF].

Florida has a lot of shark attacks simply because it has a lot of tourists, and Brevard County is an easy hour-long drive for those already in the area to see Mickey at Disney World in Orlando. The county is home to the famed "Space Coast," 70 miles (113 kilometers) of coastline named for the space center at Cape Canaveral. In addition to the Canaveral National Seashore, visitors can also enjoy Cocoa Beach and Melbourne Beach.

While the shark attacks are nothing to sneeze at, Brevard County is dangerous for a few other reasons as well. In 2008, Forbes named Brevard County beaches the most dangerous place for rip current drowning. In 2007, 10 people drowned because of the rip currents, a rate that's higher than any other county in the United States [source: Sherman]. Parts of this coastline also fall into Florida's "Lightning Alley," an area that has the most lightning in the United States. So when you're not worrying about sharks, worry about the forecast.

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