Due to weather conditions, the Museum will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27 and reopen at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. More Info

In the past week, there were two fatalities in Egypt and one in South Africa. There were also several nonfatal bites along the US east coast. All of these investigations are in the early stages and final classifications have not been determined.

On June 28th, a swimmer was bitten by a white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. Rescue crews responded quickly but the man did not survive his injuries. Drone footage of a white shark in the area was taken immediately following the event, however, it is not confirmed to have been the shark responsible. There have been 11 unprovoked bites in South African waters in the past five years, only one of which was fatal. Of these, nine involved white sharks.

Two fatal encounters occurred in Hurghada, Egypt on July 2nd close to shore. The local press has reported the shark involved as a mako. However, given initial evidence that identification seems unlikely. There are multiple rumors as the what attracted the animal(s) to this location none have been confirmed by ISAF at this time. There have been four unprovoked bites in Egypt in the last five years. Only one of these was fatal and all involved Oceanic whitetip (Carcharhinus longimanus).

Leading up to and over the holiday weekend, there were multiple bites along the US East Coast. The majority were minor and from small coastal species such as blacktips (Carcharhinus limbatus). This small increase in shark bites can be attributed to an abundance of marine recreators entering the habitat. Shark bites remain extremely rare but with more people overlapping in the environment with the animals, there is an increased chance of bites occurring. One severe but nonfatal incident occurred in Taylor County, Florida. This was the first shark bite recorded by ISAF in Taylor County.