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Why You Should Not be Worried About Sharks in South Texas

Sharks in South Padre Island

South Padre is a popular place for visiting the beach, fishing, surfing, bodyboarding, kiteboarding and other water sports in the Gulf of Mexico and Laguna Madre. With so much water activity, some people naturally think about possible encounters with sharks. Shark attacks are a fear for many people in the world, but we are here to inform you on the facts  and help you to understand why you should not be worried about shark attacks on South Padre Island, Texas.

The last fatal shark attack in all of Texas was in 1962. Since 1911, there has only been 34 confirmed unprovoked shark attacks along the Texas coast. Only 6 of them being in Cameron County in that 100 year span! The diagrams below show shark attack statistics along the Gulf of Mexico of Texas and the rest of the United States.

Florida by far has the highest amount of shark attacks – both fatal and non-fatal. Ranking in at 623 attacks! Followed by Hawaii at 102 attacks, then California with 100, South Carolina – 64, North Carolina – 41, and then Texas at 34 shark attacks. As far as popular beaches to visit for watersports, Texas is one of safest beaches to vacation at if you have an undying fear of being attacked by a shark.

So, if you are ever worried about sharks in Texas, you should focus your thoughts and efforts on just having fun, because the chance is so small that it is not worth losing any sleep over. Continue to enjoy coastal fishing, surfing, kitesurfing and other great things to do on South Padre Island!

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