In addition, social media could be playing a part in the results. The report acknowledges that some attacks may have been missed in previous decades, and that social media has encouraged documentation of events. After all, if you're attacked by a shark, that's definitely showing up in your Facebook Year in Review.
All these factors aside, 98 is still a lot of shark attacks. And, as is the norm, most occurred in North America, which accounted for 75 of the attacks, or 76.5% of worldwide attacks. But to once again reel in some of that fear, there was only one fatal shark attack in the US this year. Not that it's a consolation to anyone who's being bitten by a shark.