Water Depth & Attack Depth

Water Depth at Locations of Shark Attack on Divers

Last updated: March 18, 2013

Depth of Shark Attacks on Divers

Last updated: March 18, 2013

As you can see, the largest percentage of fatal attacks take place in deeper water. Keep in mind, though, that the number of people who were attacked in deeper water is much less, mostly because people frequent the water in shallower water. This suggests that once you are in deep water, if you are attacked, you are more likely to be killed than if you were attacked in shallower water.

Water Depth at Locations of Shark Attacks on SCUBA Divers

Of 50 cases (N=50)

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Depth of Shark Attack on SCUBA Divers

Of 66 cases (N=66)

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Water Depth at Location of Shark Attacks on Hookah Divers

Of 5 cases (N=5)

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Depth of Shark Attack on Hookah Divers

Of 5 cases (N=5)

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Water Depth at Location of Shark Attacks on Free Divers

Of 37 cases (N=37)

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Depth of Shark Attack on Free Divers

Of 43 cases (N=43)

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Water Depth at Location of Shark Attack on Hard hat Divers

Of 1 case (N=1)

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Depth of Shark Attack on Hard Hat Divers

Of 2 cases (N=2)

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Distance of Shark Attacks on Divers from Shore

The graph below shows where attacks took place in relation to the shore. Most of the attacks took place over a mile away from the shore or in the open ocean as many divers will dive off ships miles away from the shore.

Of 89 cases (N=89)

Last updated: March 18, 2013

Habitats Where Shark Attacks on Divers Occur

These data are reflective of both shark habits and human diving habits. The majority of people who were attacked in offshore waters were near a reef. Not only do sharks live near reefs, but these are also the best places to dive for recreational purposes.

Of 138 cases (N=138)

Last updated: March 18, 2013

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