Trends in Shark Attacks Over the Past Century

Unprovoked Shark Attack Trends Worldwide


Use these data with caution, remembering that scientific and media coverage of shark attack during the early part of this century was far less inclusive than that today. The apparent drop in number of attacks in the 1970's and 1980's is in part reflective of the largely inactive state of the ISAF during those decades. The ISAF welcomes unsolicited documentation of attacks from this time period.

Of 2,277 cases (N=2277)

Last updated: January 20, 2017

© International Shark Attack File
Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida