Main Take Away

Unprovoked shark attacks, including fatalities, have been on a steady decrease over the past decade. 2019 continued this trend, reflecting advances in beach safety, medical treatment, and public awareness. Therefore the continued improvement of these areas is of the utmost importance.

The most obvious fluctuation from the norm in 2019, was the increase in Cookiecutter shark bites. You can learn more about these strange sharks and the other 2019 trends by checking out the article “Sharks Attacks Low, Cookiecutter Bites Up“.

2019 bite map
2019 map of unprovoked shark attacks. Blue dots represent non-fatal incidents, orange dots represent fatalities