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2001 was not a record year of shark attacks

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- A study released Monday shows shark attacks for 2001 were actually down from the previous year, despite a spate of widely publicized attacks. There were 76 unprovoked shark attacks around the world last year, compared to 85 in 2000, according to the University of Florida's International Shark Attack File. Fatal attacks dropped to five from 12 the previous year. Shark attacks in waters off the United States increased by one to 55; Florida, which leads the nation, had 37, one less than in 2000, said George Burgess, who heads the research center.

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