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After record-busting year, global shark attacks drop to recent average in 2016

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After 2015’s record-busting 98 shark attacks, calmer waters prevailed in 2016. The University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File reported 81 unprovoked attacks worldwide, in line with the five-year average of about 82 incidents annually. Four of the attacks were fatal, a drop from six total fatalities the previous year. While the U.S. had no fatal attacks in 2016, it topped the leader board for the most attacks globally, with 53. Global attacks remain on a slow upward trend as…

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