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International Shark Attack File

Statistics of Shark Attacks on Divers


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The trends displayed above reflect the behavior pattern of different age groups of divers utilizing ocean waters. The peaks at ages 15-44 indicate that divers from that age bracket frequent the water more often than any other age bracket. These are the ages at which diving for recreation is the most popular. The popularity of diving in this age group increases the chances for these individuals to have a shark interaction while in the water.

Last updated: June 21, 2013



victim characteristics


The trends displayed above reflect the weight groups of divers utilizing ocean waters. The peaks at 140-179 lbs. most likely reflect those weights of people who dive for recreation most often.

Last updated: June 21, 2013



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The graph above indicates the heights of divers who are attacked by sharks. Most attacks were on people between 70-74 inches tall, indicating that mostly large males were attacked. This would fit with our data indicating that the majority of diving shark attack victims are male.

Last updated: June 21, 2013



victim characteristics

Last updated: June 21, 2013



victim characteristics


These graphs indicate that white/Caucasian divers are attacked more often than other races since the 1950s, while black/Negroid divers are attacked more often than other races before the 1950s. This is a reflection of social differences among races. Just as a side note, all the accounts we have before the 1950s of Negroid victims who were diving while they were attacked take place in Australia. These divers were all allegedly free diving with no gear, or participating in some subsurface or diving activity that was not specified. Since the 1950s, diving has become a popular recreational sport, particularly among the Caucasian community.

Last updated: June 21, 2013



victim characteristics

Last updated: June 21, 2013



victim characteristics


These graphs indicate that male divers are attacked far more often than females, although as females divers have started to increase since the 1990s (as the gender boundaries begin to wither away), the number of attacks on females has started to increase.

Last updated: June 21, 2013



victim characteristics

Last updated: June 21, 2013



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