Shark Attack Data

Shark Attacks: The Database

Welcome to Shark Attack Data. The aim of this website is to increase understanding, and promote an informed discussion on the subject of shark attacks; when, where and how they occur. Through visualisation of the data, it aims to help identify where patterns exist in terms of both geography and time.

All of the data on this site comes from the Global Shark Attack File (GSAF), a spreadsheet of human/shark interactions, compiled by the Shark Research Institute. It is hoped that this site makes it apparent that shark attacks are extremely rare occurrences, while providing an easily accessible resource for those wishing to know more about the subject.

Start by having a look at Incidents by country

Unprovoked incidents worldwide

Latest unprovoked incidents

Date Location Fatal?
06 Jan 2015 Elbow Cay, Abaco Islands, Bahamas No Details
03 Jan 2015 Eastern Cape, South Africa No Details
01 Jan 2015 Florida, United States of America No Details
29 Dec 2014 New South Wales, Australia No Details
29 Dec 2014 Western Australia, Australia Yes Details
28 Dec 2014 California, United States of America No Details
28 Dec 2014 KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa No Details
15 Dec 2014 Queensland, Australia Yes Details
29 Nov 2014 Western Australia, Australia No Details
19 Nov 2014 Western Australia, Australia No Details

Currently, shark attacks are grouped by country and then, within each country, the area in which attacks have occurred. We are currently investigating other ways to allow the data to be browsed and queried. Suggestions are welcome; if you have one, please get in touch!