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International Shark Attack File

1820-2012 Statistics of Shark Attacks on Divers Worldwide
(N=218)
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North America (not Hawaii) 52 24.41%
USA (not Hawaii) 50 23.47%
Florida 20 9.39%
California 19 8.92%
Delaware 2 0.94%
North Carolina 2 0.94%
Maine 1 0.47%
Connecticut 1 0.47%
Texas 1 0.47%
Unspecified 3 1.41%
Mexico 3 1.41%

Australia 67 31.46%
Queensland 25 11.74%
Western Australia 15 7.04%
New South Wales 12 5.63%
South Australia 7 3.29%
Tasmania 6 2.82%
Victoria 2 0.94%
New Zealand 5 2.35%

Pacific Ocean Islands 30 14.08%
Hawaii 7 3.29%
Fiji 6 2.82%
Papua New Guinea 5 2.35%
Marshall Islands 5 2.35%
Wake Island 2 0.94%
Solomon Islands 1 0.47%
New Caledonia 1 0.47%
Kiribati 1 0.47%
Guam 1 0.47%
Jangkoo Island 1 0.47%

Open Ocean 1 0.47%
South Pacific 1 0.47%
Central America and Caribbean Islands 12 5.63%
Bahamas 8 3.76%
Panama 2 0.94%
Virgin Islands 1 0.47%
Cayman Islands 1 0.47%

Africa 22 10.33%
Republic of South Africa 10 4.69%
Kenya 4 1.88%
Egypt 3 1.41%
Mascarene Islands 1 0.47%
Mozambique 1 0.47%
Tunisia 1 0.47%
Libya 1 0.47%

Reunion 1 0.47%

Asia 14 6.57%
Saudi Arabia 4 1.88%
Japan 2 0.94%
Singapore 2 0.94%
Hong Kong 1 0.47%
Iran 1 0.47%
Malaysia 1 0.47%
United Arab Emirates 1 0.47%
Philippines 1 0.47%
South Korea 1 0.47%

Europe 11 5.16%
Italy 6 2.82%
United Kingdom 2 0.94%
Greece 2 0.94%
Croatia 1 0.47%

South America 4 1.88%
Brazil 2 0.94%
Ecuador 2 0.94%




Note: the percentages in each row stand for that particular location compared to the rest of the world.


Last updated: May 28, 2013

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Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida