- One thousand people die from drowning in the world
Officials say lionfish which are extremely poisonous has invaded the Atlantic Ocean from North Carolina to Belize, predominately the Bahamas and elsewhere in the Caribbean.The Florida Keys have been relatively unaffected by the lionfish so far according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Caution should still be used when diving in reef areas.
West - Earlier in 1999 Key West beaches had to be
closed to swimming because of high levels of bacteria.
A new sewage system has since replaced the old
throughout Keys are tested twice monthly for coliform
and entrococcus bacteria. Water quality test results
are published in the Florida Keys Keynoter. The
Monroe County Health Department has a beach
information hotline at 305-293-1653 or 1-877-892-9585.
Results of testing can also be seen online at
Abacos, Bimini, Andros, Exuma, Grand Bahama, Eluthera,
Cay Sal Banks, San Salvador,etc. ) Between 1896 and
September 2001 there were 41 documented shark attacks
in the Bahamas; two of these were fatal.
Puerto Rico, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica,
Netherland Antilles, Guadelope, and Martinique)
- In the last 105 years there have been 42
attacks with 18 fatalities in the Antilles Islands.
118 year period between 1882 and 2000, there were 27
shark incidents with one fatality in the Florida Keys
Attacks - For Information on shark attacks
Worldwide, and in the United States, Caribbean Bahamas
and Antilles, Florida, North and South Carolina,
Hawaii, California, Virginia and Volusia County
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