The 13 Ausssie Beaches With The Highest Rates Of Unprovoked Shark Attacks

Contrary to popular belief you are NOT more likely to be struck by lightning in Australia. So you should beware of sharks this summer, and swimming or surfing is more dangerous in some spots than others.

There have been 24 unprovoked shark attacks in 2018. The most recent was on Monday, at Cid Harbour in Queensland's Whitsundays.

A 33-year-old man from Victoria died as result. It's the third attack there in a matter of weeks, so it's understandable that people might have some trepidation about dipping their toes in.

Cid Harbour on Queensland's Whitsunday Island

Shark attacks are random, but some areas see more than others.

According to the Shark Research Institute's 'Global Shark Attack File' the top 13 Australian locations for unprovoked shark attacks between 1990 and 2016 were:

Byron Bay, 12

Ballina, 6

Sydney Harbour, 5

Newcastle, 4

Cottesloe Beach, 4

Bondi Beach, 3

Seal Rocks, 3

Bells Beach, 3

Fingal Bay, 3

Shelly Beach (Central Coast), 3

Lennox Head, 3

Mona Vale, 3

Middleton Beach, 3

RACQ CQ Rescue treat 12 year old girl after an attack in September

"Unprovoked shark attacks have little in common apart from the fact that a human and shark are in the water at the same location at the same time," John West, Curator of the Australian Shark Attack File at Taronga Zoo, wrote in a recent paper.

He explained the motivation for attacks is unclear and predicting an attack is impossible.

"It must be said that just because a shark is in the water nearby it does not mean that it will attack."

"There are many instances where large free swimming predatory sharks were observed to have swum past people in the water and took no or only a cursory, interest in them" West said.

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But attacks aren't as rare as many people make out.

The saying that "you're more likely to be struck by lightning" isn't true in Australia.

In the 10 years to 2016, 17 people died as a result of lightning strikes and 22 people died from shark attacks.

You are, however, 100 times more likely to die from drowning.