Catherine Lane

Weekdays Morning Show Co Host/Middays

Here we are at the Memorial Day weekend and lots of folks are heading to the coast for a little rest and relaxation. It caused me to do a little research to find out just how safe Carolina waters are from sharks.  Here are the North Carolina beaches with the most shark attacks.

Let me just say I know sharks are essential to the eco system.  My daughter is majoring in marine biology and I get schooled on the regular about how valuable they are to the oceanic balance. Not many of us want to come eyeball to eyeball with a shark, especially a hungry one that might mistake you for something on their menu.

According to A-Z Animals here are the top places in North Carolina with the most documented shark attacks.  I have a particular interest in this because my sister lives at Sunset Beach, North Carolina.  I did a quick scan to see if her beach made the list.  It did not but some close by did.

Holden Beach was on the list with six shark attacks in the documented year, none were fatal.  Ocean Isle is in the top five as well with six documented shark attacks.  Ocracoke Island made the list on A-Z Animals and four out of seven were fatal during the documentation year.  Wrightsville Beach came in third, North TopSail was second.  The North Carolina beach with the most shark attacks was Emerald Isle with ten attacks in the documented year, none fatal.

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For the complete list check out details right here from A-Z Animals.

South Carolina Named One of World's Most Dangerous Places for Shark Attacks

If you’re like me, then when you go to the beach there is only one thing you think about, SHARKS! If it is one thing we have learned over the years, shark attacks can happen at just about any moment. From movies like Jaws to memorable shark attacks over the years, it’s the one thing we fear at the beach. While there are tons of precautions people try to take out nowadays, there are still some areas that are just known for high amounts of shark attacks.

How Stuff Works went through to determine which places are some of the most dangerous for shark attacks. From other countries like Brazil to U.S. spots like South Carolina, attacks happen worldwide. Although shark attacks are rare, it is good to know a bit about the beaches you may visit this summer or in the future. Here are How Stuff Works top 10 most dangerous places for shark attacks. Beware!

  • 10. Papua New Guinea

    Welcome to the world’s largest tropical island. In the Pacific Ocean, this area has had a record of 48 shark attacks since 1848, according to How Stuff Works.

  • 9. South Carolina

    South Carolina has had a record of 107 shark attacks since 1837, says How Stuff Works. With a long stretch of coastline, 37 of those attacks occurred in the Charleston County coastline.

  • 8. Brazil

    Brazil is home to most shark attacks throughout South America. According to How Stuff Works, they have had 107 attacks since 1931.

  • 7. California

    Since 2012, California has had a record of 29 shark attacks. How Stuff Works says they have had nearly 130 attacks since 1926.


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  • 6. Brevard County, Florida

    Florida is undeniably one of the most known places for shark attacks. The state has had so many multiple areas within Florida made the list. Brevard County specifically has had 155 shark attacks since 1882, according to How Stuff Works.

  • 5. Hawaii

    Headed to Maui or Oahu? Beware of the possibility of a shark attack. 159 of shark attacks in Hawaii have occurred at one of those two islands since 1828, says How Stuff Works.

  • 4. Queensland, Australia

    Since 1700, Queensland has had a record of 199 shark attacks. Australia is home to over 150 shark species and the attacks range from all different types of sharks. How Stuff Works reports that some of Australia’s beaches are protected by drumlines and baited hooks to help keep beaches safe from sharks.


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  • 3. New South Wales, Australia

    Another spot in Australia you may want to be cautious about is New South Wales. They have had over 250 shark attacks since 1700, says How Stuff Works. That includes five attacks and one fatality in just 2021.

  • 2. South Africa

    South Africa has had over 200 shark attacks since 1905! WOAH! How Stuff Works reports people tend to flock to South Africa beaches to dive with sharks, but that can be highly dangerous for many obvious reasons. The country is the first to formally protect Great White Sharks leading to their population to grow tremendously. Yeah, sounds like I will not be in the waters of South Africa no time soon.

  • 1. Volusia County, Florida

    Coming in at the No. 1 spot for the most dangerous place for shark attacks, of course, Florida. Volusia County to be specific. This area has had over 300 shark attacks since 1882. Not only is it the highest for the state, but this one county beats out multiple countries as well! This area is considered the world’s shark bite capital! How scary is that!

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