On February 12th a diver was killed by what was likely a white shark (Carcharodon carcharias). The man was collecting scallops in Yavaros Mexico. His crew was able to rescue him and estimated the great white shark to be 3-4m.  The victim, unfortunately, did not survive long after being rescued.

In the past two decades, there have been 14 unprovoked bites in Mexico. Two of which have been fatal.

On February 16th a swimmer was killed near Sydney Australia. Witnesses say a large white shark breached beneath the victim at Little Bay Beach. The victim was killed before rescuers could arrive. At this time search crews have recovered as much of the body and wet suit as possible. The beach will be closed for the next 24 hours. White sharks often hunt by swimming up directly beneath prey, using shadows to select targets. Unfortunately, due to poor vision and murky water, it is likely difficult for the sharks to distinguish humans and traditional prey species such as seals.

In the past 5 years, there have been 76 unprovoked shark bites in Australian waters. 11 of these have been fatal, and 4 of those fatalities have been in New South Wales.