The number of shark attacks on humans is relatively low compared to the vast number of interactions that occur between sharks and humans in the ocean. While shark attacks on humans do happen, they are rare occurrences. It’s important to note that sharks do not actively seek out humans as prey and most species of sharks are not dangerous to humans.
Exact worldwide statistics on shark attacks can vary depending on the sources and criteria used for defining and reporting shark attacks. According to the International Shark Attack File (ISAF), which is a comprehensive global database of shark attacks, there were a total of 57 unprovoked shark attacks on humans worldwide in 2020. Out of these attacks, 10 were fatal.
It’s worth emphasizing that these numbers represent reported cases and there may be unreported or misclassified incidents. Additionally, the risk of shark attacks can vary depending on geographical location, human activities, and other factors. Shark conservation efforts, public awareness, and responsible behavior in the water can help mitigate the risk of shark encounters.