GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — University of Florida researchers say the number of shark attacks in the United States sharply declined last year.
The number of attacks in the U.S. dropped from 41 in 2008 to 28 in 2009. The number of attacks in Florida also dropped, from 32 in both 2007 and 2008 to 19 last year.
The shark attack report comes nearly a month after a 38-year-old kiteboarder was attacked and killed by a shark off the coast of Stuart in South Florida. It was the first deadly shark attack in Florida in five years.
The International Shark Attack File, located at the University of Florida, released the numbers Monday.