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Florida is known as the shark bite capitol of the world. A shark expert at SeaWorld Orlando gives advice on how to avoid shark attacks.

“Shark Week” isn’t over for Florida.

Reported Florida shark attacks have made headlines for much of the summer, instilling a fear of the water, but history shows that the recent attacks haven’t “jumped the shark” by any norm.

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Three people were bitten by sharks in less than 24 hours at New Smyrna beach over the weekend - meaning six people were bitten by sharks in Florida in a little over a week with five of the attacks taking place in New Smyrna Beach.

Sharks biting into headlines

Sharks popping up all around Florida for summer beach season

Sharks are always off the coast of Florida, but as beachgoers take to the shores for summer, expect more social media posts of dorsal fins, and find out the best ways to stay safe in Sunshine State.

Since the start of 2019 there have been 18 suspected shark attacks, about half of them taking place in June and July, according to the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File.

Nine of those attacks reportedly took place in Volusia County.

The most recent involved a Nashville man who had his right foot bitten by a shark Sunday afternoon.

On Saturday two surfers apparently suffered shark bites at New Smyrna Beach within minutes of each other.

The week before, 18-year-old Reed Zipperer of Indian Harbor Beach was bit on the hand in waist-deep water by an unknown shark while surfing in New Smyrna Beach.

Zipperer was treated by lifeguards before driving himself to the hospital.

Two days before that, 49-year-old William Angell of Arizona was visiting New Smyrna and was bitten on the leg while boogie boarding. Angell was treated on the beach and drove himself to Bert Fish Medical Center for further treatment.

That same day, just two hours later, Frank O’Rouke, 23, was surfing off Jacksonville Beach when he was attacked by a suspected 3-to-4-foot Blacktip shark.

O’Rouke walked to a bar following the attack.

Other attacks over the summer have included:

- 18-year-old surfer bitten by a shark off New Smyrna Beach on June 30.

- 16-year-old girl boogie boarding when she was bitten by a shark off Amelia Island on July 12

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None of the Florida victims suffered life threatening injuries, however a North Carolina girl was attacked by a suspected bull shark on June 17 that resulted in the amputation of her left leg and two fingers, according to a report by The Associated Press.

North Carolina historically records low numbers of shark attacks, according to the International Shark Attack File.

Florida on the other hand has the most shark attacks recorded in the world with a total of 828 reported incidents since 1837.

However, Volusia County alone could make the same international claim with 303 attacks recorded, with most of the incidents taking place in New Smyrna Beach.

Brevard had the second highest count in the state with 147 reported incidents.

The data shows that the number of reported attacks is likely to rise in 2019 as the year dives into the months of August and September - the two highest average months for shark attacks, according to the Shark Attack File.

A reason for the feasting

On the surface, it may look like the numbers paint an image of hungrier sharks as the season turns toward the fall, but it actually says more about humans entering the water during an unfortunately timed migration period.

“That time of the year, there’s way more people in Florida’s beaches trying to enjoy the summer water,” said Tyler Bowling, manager Florida program of shark research at UF.

Summer vacation happens to coincide with the annual blacktip migration, Bowling said.

Every year thousands of blacktips, 3-to-5 feet on average, make their way from North Carolina down south to Florida, Bowling said.

“There’s a lot of them out there. In fact if you’re walking the beach at sunrise there’s a pretty good chance you’ll see one riding in the waves,” he said. “We don’t have a whole lot of fatalities from sharks in Florida, and you’ll never get a fatality from a blacktip. It’s the bigger sharks like bulls and whites where that’s more common.”

The last reported shark-related fatality in Florida was in 2010 in Martin County when a suspected bull shark made contact with a swimmer, the Shark Attack File shows.

Bull sharks rarely come close to Florida beaches choosing instead to hunt near estuaries. Blacktips on the other hand commonly swim near murky Florida shores and usually hunt for game smaller than their own size.

Their contact with humans is usually thought to be mistaken identity, Bowling said.

“Those guys are trying to get the drop on fish in shallow and murky water but sometimes, unfortunately, they spot a foot they confuse for prey and take a bite,” he said. “When they realize it’s part of something much bigger than them they freak out and bolt. They do not want to interact with you.”

There’s a number of ways to avoid incidents with blacktips:

- Avoid wearing jewelry. The shimmering metals could look like fish scales.

- Avoid splashing. Splashing imitates the behavior and sound of a distressed fish.

- Avoid murky water. This is the chosen hunting ground for blacktips.

- Do not swim during low light hours. This is the most common time sharks go hunting.

- Swim in groups. The more people sticking together, the less likely a shark will approach.

- Do not enter the water with an open wound. Not only could this invite infection from necrotizing fasciitis, but blood also attracts sharks.

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