Get the facts about shark attacks and you may feel less anxious in the water. Take this quiz to learn about the most dangerous sharks.
About 30 of the 400 shark species have been involved in attacks on humans.
The short fin has been recorded swimming at 20 miles per hour (32 kph), making it the fastest of the shark species.
The shortfin mako swims in very deep waters, so beach goers should not worry about an encounter with one.
The shortfin mako prefers swordfish.
The oceanic whitetip shark may be the first to arrive, but it is not there to aid the victims.
The International Shark Attack File is a reliable source, but even they admit their figures are not perfect.
Trying to interact with a shark while diving is an example of behavior that might provoke a shark attack.
The oceanic whitetip shark is one of most populous of the large fish species.
The tiger shark does not have a discriminating appetite, and would be more likely to eat a human than other shark species.
A tiger shark housed in an aquarium regurgitated a severed human arm. The arm had been severed by a knife, not the shark's razor sharp teeth.
The tiger shark's teeth are so sharp they can chomp through a sea turtle shell with out any effort.
Tiger sharks are credited with 28 fatalities.
Bull sharks have been reported swimming in very shallow water depths where people frequent. They are very territorial and you could provoke a shark attack while frolicking in their surf.
Bull sharks live in salt and fresh water.
The sand tiger shark eats its siblings while in the womb.
The Greenland shark's flesh is poisonous when eaten.
The great white shark, star of the movie "Jaws", is the most dangerous shark.
Peter Benchley wrote the book, and he later admitted that the great white shark is not a killing machine as depicted in the movie.
If given a menu, the great white shark would order up a meal of nice fatty seals or sea lions.
Great white sharks usually frequent deeper waters, so swimmers will most likely never encounter one; but surfers should be wary as their boards may look like a tasty seal to a juvenile great white shark.