What is the most aggressive shark?


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According to the Florida Museum of Natural History, the great white is the most aggressive shark toward humans. The International Shark Attack File shows that great white sharks were responsible for 403 shark attacks from 1580-2010.

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"Provoked" attacks occur directly as a result of human contact, while "hit-and-run," "sneak" and "bump-and-bite" attacks are considered "unprovoked' as the shark initiates the encounter, explains the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Combined with the tiger and bull shark, the three species are responsible for the vast majority of the estimated 50 to 70 attacks worldwide each year. Of the more than 375 species of sharks worldwide, only about 30 have ever reportedly attacked a human and only 12 are considered a real threat to water enthusiasts.

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