Shark attacks seem to be on the rise in many parts of the world, and although they are still regarded as rare events, the odds can increase depending on where you swim, surf or boogie board. While humans are at a greater risk from tornadoes and even dog attacks, we just can’t seem to shake our collective fear of the deep and the mighty jaws that lurk somewhere the sea. If you are planning a beach vacation, you might want to steer clear of the following known shark-infested waters. Statistically, these are among the most dangerous beaches for deadly shark attacks.
1. Pernambuco, Brazil
The Brazilian government decided to close 37 miles of pristine beaches to surfers in light of the 18 fatal shark attacks that occurred there since 1992. When they finally decided to lift the ban in 2006, the sharks were there waiting and another surfer fatality occurred. The shockingly high attack rate in these waters appears to be due to over-fishing. Without enough food supply, the sharks have begun to sample other forms of fare to satisfy their relentless hunger.