Divers' Characteristics

Ages of Divers Involved in Unprovoked Shark Attacks

1929-Present

The trends displayed below reflect the behavior pattern of different age groups of divers utilizing ocean waters. The peaks at ages 15-44 indicate that divers from that age bracket frequent the water more often than any other age bracket. These are the ages at which diving for recreation is the most popular. The popularity of diving in this age group increases the chances for these individuals to have a shark interaction while in the water.

Of 123 cases (N=123)

Last updated: June 21, 2013

Weight of Divers Involved in Unprovoked Shark Attacks

1954-Present

The trends displayed below reflect the weight groups of divers utilizing ocean waters. The peaks at 140-179 lbs. most likely reflect those weights of people who dive for recreation most often.

Of 24 cases (N=24)

Last updated: June 21, 2013

Height of Divers Involved in Unprovoked Shark Attacks

1962-Present

The graph below indicates the heights of divers who are attacked by sharks. Most attacks were on people between 70-74 inches tall, indicating that mostly large males were attacked. This would fit with our data indicating that the majority of diving shark attack victims are male.

Of 25 cases (N=25)

Last updated: June 21, 2013

Gender of Divers Involved in Unprovoked Shark Attacks

These graphs indicate that male divers are attacked far more often than females, although as females divers have started to increase since the 1990s (as the gender boundaries begin to wither away), the number of attacks on females has started to increase.

Prior to 1990

Of 124 cases (N=124)

Last updated: June 21, 2013

1990-Present

Of 80 cases (N=80)

Last updated: June 21, 2013

Diversionary Action Taken by Divers Involved with Shark Attacks

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Last updated: June 21, 2013