Blacktip, Bull Shark Tie for Most Unprovoked Attacks
By Matt O'Hern // July 30, 2013
ABOVE VIDEO: Two bull sharks attack and kill a hooked tarpon during a fishing tournament in Boca Grande. Video courtesy of Wilson Kerr.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Since 1920, bull sharks and blacktip sharks have accounted for the most unprovoked attacks in Florida.
According to the International Shark Attack File, bull sharks and blacktips each accounted for 20% of attacks, respectively. The spinner shark is responsible for 13% of attacks, followed by the hammerhead shark, with 13%. Other species, including the blue shark, were below 10%.
Bull sharks are known for their aggressive behavior as well as their unique ability to adapt to freshwater conditions. They are often fond in inlets and creeks, where many residents would never expect to find a large shark. See the full graph from the ISAF, below.
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