Shark Injuries in USA vs. Bite Injuries in NYC

A Comparison with the Number of Biting Injuries Occurring Annually in New York City

Biting Injury19811984198519861987

Dog bites human 12,656 10,593 9,809 8,870 8,064
Human bites human * 1,589 1,591 1,572 1,587
Cat bites human 826 * 879 * 802
Wild rat bites human 60 * 311 * 291
Squirrel bites human 81 * * * 95
Hamster bites human 52 * * * *
Rabbit bites human 37 * * * *
Raccoon bites human 18 * * * 11
Horse bites human 18 * * * *
Gerbil bites human 17 * 12 * *
Lab rat bites human 15 * 9 * *
Monkey bites human 11 * * * *
Snake bites human 8 * 4 * *
Bat bites human 7 * 4 * *
Ferret bites human 5 * 5 * 7
Guinea pig bites human 5 * * * *
Parrots bite human 5 * 6 * *
Blue Jay bites human 2 * * * *
Spider bites human * * 2 * *
Skunk bites human 1 * * * 3
Parakeet bites human 1 * * * *
Opossum bites human 1 * * * *
Sea lion bites human 1 * * * *
Lion bites human 1 * * * *
Ocelot bites human 1 * * * *
Lion fish stabs human 1 * * * *

Shark injuries in U.S.A. 12 14 12 6 13

* Information not available. 

Source of New York City biting injury data: New York City Health Department statistics quoted by U.P.I. (1982), A.P. (1986) and Newsday (1988) 

Source of shark attack data: International Shark Attack File, 3 February 1998.

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