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.
Who's getting attacked? Surfers made up 49% of worldwide shark attacks, given that they kind of look like seals and are splashing around in waters commonly inhabited by sharks.
And lastly, if you're attacked by a shark, the report says the old "hitting a shark in the nose trick" is still the way to go. Preferably, you would hit the shark with an inanimate object. But, hell, punching out a shark and living to tell about it is a pretty cool story. That last statement is not approved by the ISAF.
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Kara King is a News Writer at Thrillist and will be avoiding the water. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her at @karatillie.