Great White Shark attacks

697 attacks recorded
Great White shark attacks
Date Country Location Fatal?  
Jul 30th 2008 Australia Victoria N Details
Jun 28th 2008 South Africa Western Cape Province N Details
Jan 1st 1970 South Africa Western Cape Province N Details
Jun 21st 2008 USA California N Details
May 10th 2008 Australia Western Australia N Details
Apr 25th 2008 USA California Y Details
Mar 7th 2008 USA California N Details
Nov 3rd 2007 South Africa Eastern Cape Province N Details
Oct 15th 2007 Australia New South Wales N Details
Sep 30th 2007 New Caledonia Loyalty Islands Y Details
Sep 27th 2007 USA California N Details
Aug 28th 2007 USA California N Details
Jul 22nd 2007 USA California N Details
Jul 21st 2007 USA California N Details
Jan 1st 1970 Seychelles Bird Island N Details
Jan 23rd 2007 Australia New South Wales N Details
Dec 10th 2006 USA California N Details
Dec 6th 2006 Australia New South Wales N Details
Dec 2nd 2006 Australia Western Australia N Details
Oct 31st 2006 USA Oregon N Details
Sep 30th 2006 South Africa Western Cape Province N Details
Sep 2nd 2006 South Africa Western Cape Province N Details
Aug 13th 2006 South Africa Western Cape Province N Details
Jul 31st 2006 USA Oregon N Details
Jul 28th 2006 South Africa Western Cape Province N Details
Jun 5th 2006 Australia South Australia N Details
Feb 12th 2006 Australia South Australia N Details
Jan 15th 2006 Australia Western Australia N Details
Dec 24th 2005 USA Oregon N Details
Jan 1st 1970 Australia South Australia N Details
Nov 25th 2005 Australia Victoria N Details
Jan 1st 1970 New Caledonia N Details
Nov 2nd 2005 USA California N Details
Oct 21st 2005 USA California N Details
Oct 19th 2005 USA California N Details
Oct 1st 2005 South Africa Western Cape Province N Details
Sep 24th 2005 Australia South Australia N Details
Sep 4th 2005 Australia South Australia N Details
Aug 24th 2005 Australia South Australia Y Details
Aug 24th 2005 USA California N Details
Jun 12th 2005 South Korea South Ch'ungch'ong Province N Details
Jun 5th 2005 USA New Jersey N Details
Jun 4th 2005 South Africa Western Cape Province Y Details
Mar 19th 2005 Australia Western Australia Y Details
Jan 8th 2005 New Zealand North Island N Details
Dec 16th 2004 Australia South Australia Y Details
Nov 15th 2004 South Africa Western Cape Province Y Details
Nov 11th 2004 USA California N Details
Oct 30th 2004 New Zealand N Details
Oct 30th 2004 South Africa Western Cape Province N Details
Oct 10th 2004 USA California N Details
Sep 20th 2004 USA Oregon N Details
Aug 20th 2004 USA California N Details
Aug 15th 2004 USA California Y Details
Aug-2004 South Africa KZN N Details
Jul 30th 2004 Russia Kuril Islands in the Pacific N Details
Jun 26th 2004 USA California N Details
Jun 2nd 2004 South Africa Western Cape Province Y Details
Apr 22nd 2004 New Zealand North Island N Details
Apr 5th 2004 South Africa Western Cape Province N Details
Jan 25th 2004 Australia Western Australia N Details
Nov 6th 2003 South Africa KZN N Details
Sep 12th 2003 South Africa Western Cape Province Y Details
Aug 19th 2003 USA California Y Details
Aug 8th 2003 South Africa Eastern Cape Province N Details
May-2003 Philippines Baatan N Details
Feb 27th 2003 New Zealand South Island N Details
Dec 24th 2002 South Africa Western Cape Province N Details
Nov 28th 2002 USA California N Details
Sep 13th 2002 South Africa Western Cape Province N Details
May 31st 2002 USA California N Details
Apr 30th 2002 Australia South Australia Y Details
Sep 30th 2001 Australia Queensland N Details
Sep 3rd 2001 USA North Carolina N Details
Sep 3rd 2001 USA North Carolina Y Details
Jun 10th 2001 USA California N Details
May 8th 2001 South Africa Eastern Cape Province N Details
Apr 8th 2001 South Africa Eastern Cape Province N Details
Feb 26th 2001 Australia Western Australia N Details
Feb 11th 2001 Malaysia Off the western coast of peninsular Malaysia N Details
Jan 21st 2001 Australia South Australia N Details
Jan 6th 2001 New Zealand North Island N Details
Dec 11th 2000 Australia South Australia N Details
Nov 6th 2000 Australia Western Australia N Details
Nov 6th 2000 Australia Western Australia Y Details
Nov 4th 2000 USA California N Details
Oct 29th 2000 Australia Queensland N Details
Sep 29th 2000 USA California N Details
Sep 25th 2000 Australia South Australia Y Details
Sep 24th 2000 Australia South Australia Y Details
Sep 16th 2000 Okinawa Miyako Island Y Details
Sep 10th 2000 South Africa Western Cape Province N Details
Feb 19th 2000 South Africa Western Cape Province N Details
Nov 15th 1999 USA California N Details
Nov 13th 1999 South Africa KZN N Details
Sep 24th 1999 Italy Adriatic Sea N Details
Jul 29th 1999 South Africa Western Cape Province N Details
Jul 15th 1999 South Africa Western Cape Province Y Details
Jul 3rd 1999 South Africa Eastern Cape Province N Details
1999 South Africa Western Cape Province N Details
white shark
White Shark

In the vast realm of the world's oceans, great white shark attacks have long captured the imagination and fears of beachgoers and marine enthusiasts alike. While these incidents are statistically extremely rare, they loom large in public perception due to the predatory nature of these iconic marine creatures.

Great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) are apex predators, patrolling coastal waters in search of seals, sea lions, and fish. Despite their fearsome reputation, attacks on humans are infrequent and often a case of mistaken identity. Understanding the factors contributing to these rare events is crucial for both public safety and shark conservation efforts.

Research suggests that certain coastal areas, known as hotspots, witness higher occurrences of great white shark-human interactions and consequently attacks. These hotspots are often associated with seasonal migrations of seals or fish, drawing sharks closer to shore. Additionally, factors such as water temperature, prey availability, and individual shark behavior contribute to the likelihood of an encounter.

Advancements in technology, such as satellite tagging and underwater cameras, have provided scientists with valuable insights into the behavior of great white sharks. Researchers are working to develop strategies to mitigate potential risks, including early-warning systems, education campaigns, and innovative shark deterrent technologies.

Efforts are underway to shift the narrative surrounding great white sharks from one of fear to one of understanding and coexistence. Conservation initiatives stress the importance of protecting these apex predators, recognizing their vital role in maintaining healthy marine ecosystems.

As we delve deeper into the fascinating world of great white sharks, our evolving understanding of their behavior and interactions with humans is reshaping the dialogue around these awe-inspiring creatures, fostering a newfound appreciation for the delicate balance that exists between predator and prey in the vast expanses of the world's oceans.

Attacks by country

  • USA (223)
  • AUSTRALIA (173)
  • SOUTH AFRICA (172)
  • ITALY (29)
  • NEW ZEALAND (23)
  • CROATIA (8)
  • CHILE (6)
  • JAPAN (5)
  • MEXICO (5)
  • GREECE (5)