Statistics on Victims of Unprovoked White Shark Attacks

For further information, see the Worldwide Shark Attack Summary and the Carcharodon carcharias species profile.

Age of White Shark Attack Victims

1876-Present

The trends displayed below reflect the behavior pattern of different age groups of people utilizing ocean waters. The major peaks at ages 15-29 indicates that people from that age bracket frequent the water more than any other age, engaging in such activities as surfing, boogie boarding, or SCUBA diving. This increases the chances for individuals in this age group to have a shark interaction while in the water. It so happens that people engaging in these activities can be mistaken as the natural prey items of the white shark, such as seals and sea lions.

Of 231 cases (N=231)

Last updated: July 08, 2014

Gender of White Shark Attack Victims

1876-Present

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

Of 275 cases (N=275)

Last updated: July 08, 2014

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