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    Sharks, Bacteria: Which Do Beachgoers Fear the Most?

    By Samantha-Rae Tuthill, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
    August 03, 2014, 12:17:01 AM EDT

    Warmer summer waters can bring an array of threats to the beaches. With more populations heading to the coast for vacation, more people are susceptible to inclement beach weather conditions. Temperature rises in the ocean can also bring an increase in sea creatures such as jellyfish and sharks, and allows for the growth of bacteria and the spread of infections.

    We asked our fans to tell us in a poll which summertime beach threat caused them the most trepidation. Sharks took a significant lead, despite the fact that there is a greater risk of being injured or killed in a boating accident than being attacked by a shark. Rip currents, which are one of the most deadly aspects of the ocean, only took 20 percent of the votes.

    The most common beach threats mentioned by the "other" voters were sunburn and skin cancer.

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    Have questions, comments, or a story to share? Email Samantha-Rae Tuthill at SamanthaRae.Tuthill@accuweather.com, or follow her on Twitter @Accu_Sam. Follow us @breakingweather, or on Facebook and Google+.

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