Tiger Shark attacks

356 attacks recorded
Tiger shark attacks
Date Country Location Fatal?  
Mar-1953 Papua New Guinea Milne Bay Province Y Details
Jul 5th 1952 USA Puerto Rico N Details
Mar 1st 1950 Australia Western Australia N Details
Jan 5th 1949 Australia Western Australia N Details
Dec 27th 1948 Australia Western Australia Y Details
Mar 11th 1948 Senegal Cap Vert Peninsula N Details
Jan 1st 1970 South Africa KZN N Details
Dec-1947 Senegal near Dakar Y Details
Jun 16th 1947 Australia New South Wales N Details
Dec 2nd 1944 USA Florida N Details
Sep 12th 1942 Australia Queensland N Details
Dec 7th 1941 South Atlantic Ocean N Details
Nov 27th 1941 South Atlantic Ocean Off Libya N Details
Nov 27th 1941 South Atlantic Ocean Off Libya N Details
Jan 1st 1970 Australia Queensland N Details
Jan 1st 1970 Australia Torres Strait N Details
Ca. 1939 Bahamas Andros Island N Details
1939 Curacao Ascension Bay N Details
Oct 5th 1938 Australia Queensland N Details
Jan 21st 1938 Australia New South Wales N Details
Oct 27th 1937 Australia Queensland Y Details
Oct 27th 1937 Australia Queensland Y Details
Aug 31st 1937 Australia Torres Strait N Details
Aug 24th 1936 Australia Torres Strait N Details
Jun 26th 1936 Australia Torres Strait Y Details
Apr 22nd 1936 Australia Queensland N Details
Apr 25th 1935 Australia New South Wales N Details
Mar 20th 1935 Australia Torres Strait N Details
Jan 24th 1935 Australia New South Wales N Details
Dec 31st 1934 Australia New South Wales N Details
Feb 24th 1934 Australia Torres Strait N Details
Nov 20th 1933 Australia Torres Strait Y Details
Nov 18th 1933 Australia Queensland N Details
Jan 1st 1970 USA California N Details
Apr 10th 1933 USA Florida Y Details
Early 1930s Belize Y Details
Jun 13th 1931 USA Hawaii N Details
Jul 11th 1930 USA Florida N Details
Dec 26th 1929 Australia New South Wales Y Details
Jan 1st 1970 Australia Queensland N Details
Nov 22nd 1925 Australia Western Australia Y Details
Nov-1918 San Domingo 60 miles north of San Domingo in the West Indies Y Details
Jan 1st 1970 Australia South Australia N Details
Jan-1913 Australia Torres Strait N Details
Jul 14th 1900 USA Hawaii N Details
Mar-1886 Australia New South Wales N Details
1879 USA Mississippi Y Details
Jan 1st 1970 Australia South Australia N Details
Jan 1st 1970 USA South Carolina Y Details
Last incident of 1994 in Hong Kong Hong Kong N Details
Australia Western Australia N Details
Summer 1950 Indonesia Jakarta Harbour Y Details
Jan 1st 1970 USA Florida N Details
Jan 1st 1970 Southwest Pacific Ocean Y Details
1895 ("a few years after the Meredith incident") Australia Tasmania N Details
Befor 1961 Seychelles Amirante Islands Y Details
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Tiger Shark

Over the years, the topic of tiger shark attacks has stirred both concern and fascination among beachgoers and marine enthusiasts alike. Second only in size to the great white shark, tigers are known for their powerful jaws and insatiable appetite. It is little suprise the tiger shark has gained notoriety as one of the most formidable predators in the world's oceans.

Tiger sharks, scientifically identified as Galeocerdo cuvier, are found in warm and tropical waters across the globe, making encounters with humans a distinct possibility in many popular beach destinations from Hawaii to Australia. While these fairly common sharks are responsible for a small number of shark attacks, their potentially lethal capabilities have sparked discussions on coastal safety and conservation efforts.

Experts assert that most negative interactions between humans and tiger sharks are cases of mistaken identity, where the shark confuses a person for prey. That said they have a wide range of prey and have sometimes been referred to as the "dustbins of the ocean"! Despite their fearsome reputation, these sharks, like other marine creatures, play a vital role in maintaining the balance of ocean ecosystems.

Understanding the patterns and triggers behind tiger shark attacks is crucial for ensuring the safety of beachgoers. Research indicates that factors such as proximity to prey, feeding habits, and the availability of food sources can influence the likelihood of an encounter. Conservationists emphasize the importance of coexistence, calling for responsible tourism practices and increased awareness to minimize potential conflicts between humans and these apex predators.

Attacks by country

  • USA (156)
  • AUSTRALIA (72)
  • SOUTH AFRICA (18)
  • BRAZIL (11)
  • NEW CALEDONIA (11)
  • FIJI (10)
  • BAHAMAS (8)
  • REUNION (6)
  • MEXICO (6)
  • PAPUA NEW GUINEA (6)