Shark Attacks vs. Hunting Accidents

Shark Attack Fatalities Compared to Hunting Incident Fatalities in the U.S. and Canada: 2000-2007

YearNumber of Hunting IncidentsNumber of Hunting FatalitiesNumber of Shark AttacksNumber of Shark Attack Fatalities

2000 926 91 53 1
2001 800 79 50 3
2002 850 89 47 0
2003 584 53 40 1
2004 445 42 30 1
2005 405 41 40 1
2006 246 27 39 0
2007 239 19 50 0

TOTALS 4,495 441 349 7

Fatality Rate:
Shark Attacks = 2.0%
Hunting Incidents = 9.8%

Source of hunting incident data: International Hunter Education Association.

Source of shark attack data: International Shark Attack File, August 12, 2008.

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Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida