Imagine yourself stranded in the sea together with other hundreds of unfortunate souls.
The cold water makes your feet go numb, but not enough to ignore the teeth piercing through the clothes and skin and permanently separating your limbs from the body. Some victims of shark attacks describe the experience at first as a puppy trying to climb your legs. However, this peaceful feeling is short-lived, and it quickly turns into a bloodbath.
Shark are probably the most notorious killers of nature although the numbers of people killed in attacks is under ten annually. More people die each year by taking an extra step back while attempting a difficult selfie. While sharks attacks are rare, when they do happen, it is not a sight you want to see or be a part.
Most shark attacks occur when unsuspecting swimmers enjoy the warm waters on a holiday far from home. Many decades ago the story was completely different. A shipwreck in shark infested waters meant almost certain death and fit the scenario described earlier.
11 of the most horrifying shark attacks ever recorded will make check twice every swimming pool for any suspicious fins. Forget about kids peeing in the water. We are talking about life and death.
1. Jersey Shore, 1916
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Shark attacks did not take the headlines when people had other things to fear like world wars. However, everything was different 100 years ago, when a series of shark attacks painted the Jersey shore red.
Four people were killed, and many others wounded, between July 1 and July 12, in what the press initially failed to recognize as a widespread phenomenon.
An unusually hot summer brought thousands of people to the seaside resorts of the Jersey shore. The sun heating the ocean encouraged sharks to venture outside the area they are typically found – the semitropical climate of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.
This attack was the one finally able to give sharks the reputation they deserved – ruthless killers.