1. Gansbaai, South Africa: aka “Shark Alley” from The World’s Most Shark Infested Beaches

The World’s Most Shark Infested Beaches

1. Gansbaai, South Africa: aka “Shark Alley”

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“Shark Alley” beach is so infested with sharks they have actually created shark tours for tourists. Curious to what a shark tour consists of? Well, you could go out on a boat and take a nice and safe tour. But, if you really want to get your adrenaline pumping, tourists are let down into the ocean in a cage to get up close and personal to the great white sharks. These are not just plain sharks; Gansbaai is the great white shark capitol of the world!

2. New Smyrna Beach, Florida

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New Smyrna is known as the shark attack capitol of the world. Be careful when surfing out in the Atlantic, Florida sharks are known to attack humans! Common sharks in New Smyrna beach include blacktip, spinner and tiger sharks.

3. Makena Beach, Maui

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Swimmers beware, Makena Beach is known for their tiger sharks! Why swimmers? Tiger sharks are known to hunt in shallow waters. Therefore, you are at greater risk of being attacked the closer you are to the surface!

4. Bolinas, California

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Bolinas beach is known for their great white sharks! Be careful you don’t find yourself in the “Red Triangle.” The great white sharks have been known to attack surfers in this area. According to MPORA, “38 percent of shark attacks in the U.S. have happened here. That’s 11 percent of attacks worldwide.”

5. Lake Nicaragua, Nicaragua

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Lake Nicaragua is the largest lake in Central America. Yes, we are talking about a lake. According to Nicaragua.com, ”Lake Nicaragua contains sharks that have adapted to freshwater life. This originally led scientists to believe that, due to the lake’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the area that the lake currently occupies was previously a giant bay. The theory for the presence of these sharks was that over a period of time, the gap closed forming a lake and trapping the sharks which then adapted as the water gradually changed from saline to fresh."

6. West End, Grand Bahamas

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The West End is the home of “Tiger Beach.” Grasp on to this opportunity to come up close and personal to the tiger sharks. Try the shark cage diving adventure.This is where you are put in a metal cage about 30 feet under water with the likelihood you will come face to face with a deadly tiger shark!

7. Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa

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Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa is the home of bull and great white sharks. A string of fishing nets were installed in 1957 to keep swimmers protected. It is so dangerous that scientists have actually created a device for surfers to wear that is supposed to repel sharks from attacking them.

8. Coffin Bay, Australia

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Coffin Bay, Australia is known for its water activities.  Victims were attacked when they least expected it, they were usually surfing, snorkeling, boating, swimming and diving. The most common shark in Coffin Bay is the great white shark. In 2011 a man went diving from the port of Coffin Bay, he was attacked by two sharks and his body never returned to the surface.

9. Topsail Island, North Carolina

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In July of 2011 a girl was attacked by a shark while standing in 3.5 feet of water! They literally pulled a shark tooth out of her ankle! Topsail Island is known for its shallow water shark attacks. In the last 75 years sharks have attacked over 41 people in North Carolina.

10. Lyman Beach, Kona, Hawaii

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Hawaii is one of the world’s most shark infested destinations. Be careful when surfing at Lyman Beach, surfers have been known to suffer from shark attacks. Unless you are willing to risk your life, pay attention to the warning signs, there are warning posts at two different surf spots.

11. Cancun, Mexico

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Although this may come as a shock to you, Cancun Mexico is highly infested with sharks. It is a huge tourist destination, making it more likley you will be attacked by a shark because there are more people in the water! *Fact: you can come up close and personal with whale sharks!

12. Recife Beach, Brazil:

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Recife Beach is one of the most fatal places for shark attacks in the world! It has had over 57 attacks in the last 20 years. The most common shark found on Recife Beach is the Bull Shark. According to Sharks-World, "the bull shark is classified as number three on the list of most dangerous sharks in the world when it comes to attacks on humans. They don’t move very fast but they are certainly able to tackle their prey due to their sheer strength. They are unpredictable and that is what makes them so dangerous."