Sharks vs. Alligators

A Comparison of Shark Attacks and Fatalities with the American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) Attacks and Fatalities in the U.S.: 1948-2005

State

Number of Alligator Attacks

Number of Alligator Fatalities

Number of Shark Attacks

Number of Shark Attack Fatalities


Alabama1 5 0 5 0
Florida2 351 17 509 8
Georgia 3 9 1 8 0
South Carolina4 9 0 38 0
Louisiana5 2 0 2 0
Texas6 15 0 30 1

TOTALS 391 18 592 9

 

Fatality Rate:

Alligator Attacks = 4.3%

Shark Attacks = 1.5%

1Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
2Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
3Georgia Department of Natural Resources
4South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
5University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Wildlife Damage Management
6Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Source of shark attack data: International Shark Attack File, March 28, 2006.

© International Shark Attack File
Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida