Shark Attack Fatalities
Statistic Verification
Source: International Shark Attack File
Research Date: July 12th, 2014

A shark attack is an attack on a human by a shark. Every year around 75 shark attacks are reported worldwide. Despite their relative rarity, many people fear shark attacks after occasional serial attacks, such as the Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916, and horror fiction and films such as the Jaws series. Out of more than 480 shark species, only three are responsible for two-digit number of fatal unprovoked attacks on humans: the great white, tiger and bull; however, the oceanic whitetip has probably killed many more castaways, not recorded in the statistics.

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TerritoryTotal AttacksFatal AttacksLast Fatality
USA (Excl. Hawaii)1055362012
Pacific/Oceania Islands126492011
South Africa117262013
Antilles & Bahamas70162013
Middle America57272011
New Zealand4992013
Reunion Island33172013
Unspecified/Open Ocean2171995

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