Sharks have been feared by humans for a long time. Humans have long been fascinated by this dangerous animal, and imagine encounters with it to be terrifying and scary. Movies often build on the imagination of humans and write fictional stories about shark attacks, based on real-life stories of dangerous encounters with them. In reality, the likelihood of a shark attack is low and beachgoers are more often hurt by strong currents and other marine animals. Yet, we continue to be intrigued by this giant predator and share stories of shark-infested waters and horrifying shark attacks. Here are ten shark hotspot beaches around the world to spot them!
Shark Alley at Gansbaai, South Africa
Gansbaai is a famous fishing town and holiday resort in South Africa. It is also well-known for being a great white shark hotspot. Many great white sharks live in the narrow sea channel between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock, also known as the Shark Alley. Shark cage diving has emerged as a popular tourist activity here where you pay to be submerged underwater in a cage to come up close with the sharks. With high numbers of great white sharks in these waters, visitors should really think twice before they go for their next swim in the waters.
Reunion Island in Madagascar
Reunion Island is home to beautiful nature and scenery, and also home to a lot of sharks. Located in an isolated area off the coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, there have been few shark attacks off its coast. Yet, the number of attacks per capita of swimmers, surfers, and divers on this small island is one of the highest in the world. Although the island is not frequented by tourists, those who do need to be careful about the waters with the tiger and bull sharks lurking nearby.
Recife Town in Brazil
Recife is nicknamed the Venice of South America. Besides its beauty, Recife is also known for having many shark attacks—it is the most fatal place for shark attacks in the world with 1 in every 3 shark attacks ending in death. Recife is surrounded by a concentration of aggressive and dangerous bull sharks, earning a reputation for its high fatality rates and becoming the most deadly shark attack place in the world.
Kosi Bay at Kwa-Zulu-Natal, South Africa
Kosi Bay is not only famous for its natural beauty and picturesque scenery but it is also well known for its Zambezi sharks, otherwise known as bull sharks. They will swim into freshwater lakes for their prey and are known to be a species that is aggressive even among other sharks. There are plenty of bull sharks found in Kosi Bay, which is why tourists should be cautious when visiting the area.
New Smyrna Beach at Florida, USA
New Smyrna Beach at Florida, USA is not only known for its beautiful Atlantic waters but also for its plentiful sharks. The popular beach resort town sees many shark attacks each year. Although the species of sharks that attack are less aggressive as the bull or great whites, they sometimes still mistakenly attack humans, thinking they are prey from beneath the surface. With many visitors all year round in the waters, it is no wonder why there is a high number of shark attacks.
Bolinas at California, USA
Bolinas is located in the area called the “Red Triangle” in Marin County, Northern California. Within the area, great whites have been spotted to roam the waters in large numbers. One of the deadliest attacks that happened was in 2002 where a 24-year-old surfer was bitten by a 12- to 14-foot great white shark that leaped from the water. The attack caused the surfer to require 100 stitches for his 4 bite wounds. There are many other surfers who were also attacked along this Californian coast, so a shark attack is not improbable.
Lake Nicaragua in Nicaragua
Lake Nicaragua in Nicaragua is the largest lake in Central America and is infested with bull sharks. Bull sharks have the ability to swim into inland water bodies and can be aggressive. Although there has not been a large number of shark attacks in this lake, swimming in the lake with the sharks is still a terrifying thought.
Bondi Beach in New South Wales, Australia
Bondi Beach in New South Wales, Australia has protective nets in place to keep sharks away from beachgoers due to numerous attacks over the years. With lots of sharks and people in the waters, there is a high concentration of shark attacks in the area and the beach has become known for having one of the world’s highest concentrations of sharks.
Umhlanga Rocks in South Africa
This beautiful and popular seaside resort town is located not far from the similarly shark-infested Kosi Bay along the coasts of the Indian Ocean. Beyond its beautiful coastline, the stretches of beaches are also home to many sharks including the aggressive and terrifying great whites and bull sharks. With many sharks in the region, surfers and divers must wear a device that protects them by repelling nearby sharks with an electrical field.
Tiger Beach at West End, Grand Bahamas
Although there have not been any fatal shark attacks on record, the waters at West End on Grand Bahama are filled with a variety of shark species including hammerheads, blacktips, and bull sharks. “Tiger Beach” in the area is also known for its high concentration of aggressive tiger sharks. As a result, shark cage diving has emerged as a popular tourist activity for tourists to experience how it feels like coming face to face with these ferocious predators.
The image of sharks as deadly and ferocious continue to be popularized, and we continue to be fascinated by these great predators. If you’re looking to come dangerously close to sharks, why not head to the destinations in the list and experience for yourself what it feels like?