#10. India. Nary a shark in sight: A woman swims off of Dunk Isalnd in Kanyakumari, India. With 15 shark attacks dating from 1580, six of them fatal, India is 10th on the list of all-time shark incidents, according to a study that tracks shark-human encounters through the decades. Worldwide, attacks overall are up because more people are putting themselves in the sharks' environment, the study says. Newscom
#9. Fiji. Fiji's Beachcomber Island resort is a vacation hot spot. The Fiji Islands, with 22 shark attacks since 1925, is ninth on the list of places to keep your eyes open. Newscom
#8. Iran. For women, a dip in the waters on Babolsar Beach in northern Iran requires full Islamic dress. Iran is No. 8 on the list of greatest number of shark attacks, tracked since 1580. Newscom
#7. Mexico. Safe in a boat: A woman kayaks in the Sea of Cortez in Mexico. Mexico has had 42 shark attacks (22 fatalities) since 1880, putting it in seventh place. Newscom
#6. New Zealand. Moko the dolphin plays with a woman's bodyboard at Waikanae Beach in Gisborne, New Zealand. In sixth place with 47 shark attacks since 1852, New Zealand's waters hold more than playful dolphins. Rebecca Grunwell/Gisborne Herald/New Zealand Herald/AP
#5. Papua New Guinea. Seen from a reef bottom, a wave forms in Papua New Guinea's North Solomon Islands. Papua New Guinea has had nearly 50 shark attacks (half of them fatal) in the past 84 years. Worldwide, researchers tracked 646 shark attacks in the past decade, up from 493 in the 1990s. Newscom
#4. Brazil. Schools of people: Sunbathers and swimmers enjoy Brazil's Arpoador Beach in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil has the fourth highest record of shark attacks, with 88 (21 fatalities) since 1931. Felipe Dana/AP
#3. South Africa. At Boulders Beach in South Africa's Cape Peninsula National Park, an endangered African penguin takes a walk. Four of the world's five fatal shark attacks on humans in 2009 occurred in South African waters, where white sharks are plentiful. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff/FILE
#2. Australia. Competitors run to the water at the start of a board race at New South Wales Surf Lifesaving Championships in Australia. People on surf boards or paddle boards are the most vulnerable to shark attack, because splashing and kicking at the surface draws sharks' attention, according to George Burgess of the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida. Australia, with 358 attacks since 1700, is No. 2 in all-time shark attacks. Andy Nelson/The Christian Science Monitor/FILE
#1. Florida. Daytona Beach in Florida's Volusia County is one of the world's most famous beaches. Florida is the US state that has recorded the most shark attacks: 610 since 1670, with the highest number occurring in Volusia. The entire US has had 1,032. Newscom/File
Hero grandpa fired? Yes, a British man vacationing in Australia, was fired after he returned home a hero. Paul Marshallsea, a grandpa, dragged a shark off a beach during his vacation.
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March 13, 2013
A 62-year-old British man – a grandpa who became an Internet sensation after wrestling with a shark on an Australian beach – says he was fired after his employer discovered he'd been abroad while on sick leave.