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new  2013 Worldwide Shark Attack Summary

new  UF Report on Yearly ISAF Shark Attack Summary

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The International Shark Attack File (ISAF), the longest running database on shark attacks, has a long-term scientifically documented database containing information on all known shark attacks, and is the only globally-comprehensive, scientific shark attack database in the world. The ISAF website is the only net-based source of accurate, regularly updated information and advice on shark attacks worldwide. Initiated in 1958, there are now more than 3,400 individual investigations housed in the File, covering the period from the mid-1500s to the present. The ISAF, owned by the Smithsonian Institution, is housed at the Florida Museum of Natural History, and has been under the trustee and management of the American Elasmobranch Society (AES) since 1988. AES is the largest, most respected society of shark biologists in the world, and the AES Shark Attack File Committee is responsible for the management of the ISAF under guidelines established by the AES Board of Directors. The ISAF is the only such operation that benefits from a globally-distributed team of regional scientific cooperators who investigate attacks in their region and forward reports to the ISAF.
ISAF coordinators provide regular advice on shark attack issues to the governmental agencies, coastal managers, beach safety professionals, the medical community, and the media. Information requests exceed 1000 annually. Although detailed information on individual shark attack incidents is held by the ISAF, these records are only made available to qualified research biologists and physician for reasons of confidentiality and to protect the privacy of those affected by such incidents.

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The International Shark Attack File (ISAF) is grateful for the support of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.
ISAF About the ISAF
How stats are gathered, the history of the file, how to report a shark attack and who to contact about the ISAF.


ISAF Stats, Trends, Analysis
Lots of information. Maps, graphs and reports based on statistics from the International Shark Attack File.


ISAF Relative Risk
Your risk of shark attack compared to your chances of getting bit by animals in NY City, hit by lightning, having an accident in your home, or being attacked by an alligator.


ISAF Reducing Risk
Learn how to reduce your chances of a shark attack, and what to do if a shark is encountered.

Consejos Para Reducir El Riesgo De Tener Un Encuentro Con Un Tiburón
(Spanish version)


ISAF In Perspective
The shark's reputation is far worse than his bite. A misunderstanding of the nature of sharks has overshadowed the truth about shark attacks.

Ataques Del Tiburón En Perspectiva
(Spanish version)


ISAF How, Where, When
Learn what the different types of attacks are, when and where they are most likely to occur.
 

About the ISAF
· Information about the ISAF
· Información sobre el Archivo

· Shark Attack Questionnaire
· Cuestionario breve del Ataque de   Tiburón

· Gaining Access to the ISAF
· Como obtener acceso a el Archivo

· A History of the ISAF
· Publications Available through the   ISAF

Stats, Trends, Analysis
· Regional Numbers
· Trends
· Contributing Factors
· Florida Shark Attacks
· California Shark Attacks
· North Carolina Shark Attacks
· South Carolina Shark Attacks
· Texas Shark Attacks
· White Shark Attacks
· Shark Attacks on Divers

Relative Risk
· More People Mean More Attacks
· Compared to Other Risks
· Your Odds of Being Attacked

Reducing the Risk
· Advice to Aquatic Recreationists
· Advice to Divers
· Diving With Sharks: A Call For Restraint
· Menstruation and Sharks
· Color of Apparel and Sharks

Shark Attacks In Perspective
· The Truth About Shark Attacks

How, Where, When
· How, When, & Where Sharks Attack