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International Shark Attack File

The International Shark Attack File
Caribbean reef shark
Photo: David B. Snyder
The International Shark Attack File is a compilation of all known shark attacks that is administered by the the American Elasmobranch Society and the Florida Museum of Natural History. The American Elasmobranch Society is a professional organization comprised of international workers studying sharks, skates and rays. More than 5,000 individual investigations are currently housed in the File, covering the period from mid-1500's to present. Many of the data in the File originate from the voluntary submissions of numerous cooperating scientists who serve worldwide as regional observers. Regional observers forward investigations of attacks in their areas for integration into the File. Data submitted to the File is screened, coded and computerized. Hard copy documentation, including original notes, press clippings, photographs, audio/video tapes, and medical/autopsy reports, is permanently archived. The File is utilized by biological researchers and research physicians; access to the data is granted only after careful screening on a case-by-case basis. Direct access by the press and general public is strictly forbidden since much sensitive information is considered privileged. Requests for summary information and non-privileged data are made to the File's director.

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ATTENTION: Please note that due to an overwhelming influx of e-mails, letters, and phone calls, Mr. Burgess is at present unable to respond to such communications in a timely manner. Please understand that every effort to reply to these messages will be made, but that such a reply may be delayed. We greatly appreciate your interest in the International Shark Attack File and we thank you for your patience.

George H. Burgess
Director, International Shark Attack File
Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611 U.S.A

TEL:   (352)-392-2360
FAX:  (352)-392-7158
EMAIL:  gburgess@flmnh.ufl.edu

Lindsay French
Assistant, International Shark Attack File
Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611 U.S.A.

TEL:   (352)-392-2360
FAX:  (352)-392-7158
EMAIL:  lfrench@flmnh.ufl.edu

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