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The truth about shark attacks and other summer dangers

Cheapism Logo By Monica Beyer of Cheapism | Slide 2 of 11: Shark attacks have loomed large in the public imagination since "Jaws." But true stories also stir fear and anxiety in beachgoers, including reports this week that a 63-year-old woman was killed by a great white shark in an unprovoked attack off the coast of Maine. Though the instance is as tragic as it is terrifying, it is extremely rare. Worldwide, there were just 105 reported shark attacks in 2019 — down from 130 in 2018 and 155 in 2017.Related: The 20 Best Beaches on the East Coast

Shark Attacks

Shark attacks have loomed large in the public imagination since "Jaws." But true stories also stir fear and anxiety in beachgoers, including reports this week that a 63-year-old woman was killed by a great white shark in an unprovoked attack off the coast of Maine. Though the instance is as tragic as it is terrifying, it is extremely rare. Worldwide, there were just 105 reported shark attacks in 2019 — down from 130 in 2018 and 155 in 2017.

Related: The 20 Best Beaches on the East Coast

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