(NEWSER) – Scientists' prediction of increasing shark attacks appears to be coming true: There were 98 shark attacks worldwide in 2015—the highest number recorded in the International Shark Attack File's 57-year history, reportsTime. The next highest total, 2000's 88 attacks, falls well behind the new record, which doesn't count incidents in which a shark was provoked, say, by a grabby scuba diver. The total is also a leap from 72 attacks in 2014, per National Geographic. A whopping 59 occurred in the US last year—another new record—up from 53 in 2014. Florida counted 30, North and South Carolina each had eight, and Hawaii saw seven. Outside of the US, Australia counted 18 attacks, while South Africa counted eight, reports USA Today.
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