Shark Week on Discovery Channel sadly has ended. But it’s not over yet. Sharknado 5 is only days away.
Getting back to reality, real shark attacks in the world.
A shark attack is an attack on a human by a shark. Every year over 70 attacks are reported worldwide. Despite their relative rarity, many people fear shark attacks after occasional serial attacks, such as the Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916, and horror fiction and films such as the Jaws series. Out of more than 489 shark species, only three are responsible for a double-digit number of fatal, unprovoked attacks on humans: the great white, tiger, and bull. The oceanic whitetip has probably killed many more castaways, but these are not recorded in the statistics.
|Pacific Islands / Oceania
|Antilles and Bahamas||70||16||2013|
|Unspecified / Open Ocean||21||7||1995|
|Sources: Australian Shark Attack File for unprovoked attacks in Australia
International Shark Attack File for unprovoked attacks in all other regions
Last Updated: 19 February 2015