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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Territory Total Attacks Fatal Attacks Last Fatality
USA (Excl. Hawaii) 1055 36 2012
Australia 704 202 2014
Africa 339 93 2013
Asia 129 48 2000
Pacific/Oceania Islands 126 49 2011
Hawaii 129 10 2013
South Africa 117 26 2013
Antilles & Bahamas 70 16 2013
Middle America 57 27 2011
New Zealand 49 9 2013
Europe 49 27 1989
Reunion Island 33 17 2013
Bermuda 3 0 -
Unspecified/Open Ocean 21 7 1995
WORLD 2,881 569 2014
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