The “Sharkiest” Places in the World

11. New Zealand

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New Chums Beach, New Zealand. Photo by Piotr Zurek.

New Zealand is renowned as Middle Earth and bastion for hobbits, but it also has its share of sharks. Since 1852, the South Pacific island nation has experienced 50 confirmed shark attacks, many of which have occurred in the Otago region on the South Island and the more heavily populated Auckland region on the North Island.

In the temperate waters around New Zealand, great white sharks are most common. Around Stewart Island, encounters with these large predators have become especially dangerous thanks to the shark cage diving industry, which began in 2007.

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