Shark Attack Map of California Will Give You Chills in This Heat Wave

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Fri, Aug 10, 2012 at 2:26 PM

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You will never be attacked by a shark. We guarantee it.

The odds are 1 in 11.5 million. In 2010, in fact, you were 16 more times likely to have been killed by a dog than by a shark. And you haven't been killed by a dog lately, have you?

And still, as we bake in summer heat, the allure of the Pacific is tempered only by that nagging feeling that something is lurking beneath the surface, ready to snack on your leg as if it's human sushi. It does happen, and this proves it:

It's a map of California's known shark attacks.

The document, based on data curated by the Santa Cruz Sentinel, was noted by the website LAist today.

If this doesn't make your board shorts shrink just a little, we don't know what will.

Note the December, 1994 attack on San Miguel Island -- "fatal."

Or the 1952 "sea disaster" on and off a boat near Santa Monica: "Some of the survivors were bitten by sharks."

Or the disappearance of a kayaker at Malibu's Paradise Cove. Also "fatal" and, needless to say, shark-related.

With all that in mind, we're sure you'll have a fun time at the beach this weekend.

-Produced with the help of LA Weekly web editor Jake Swearingen.

[@dennisjromero / djromero@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]

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