The World's Most Dangerous Sharks - Attack Stats
This table is derived from The International Shark Attack File -- ISAF. Specifically it is adapted from a table titled "Species of shark implicated in attacks around the world, 1580 - December 2002" that appears at http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/Sharks/Statistics/species2.htm
The author notes that "Positive identification of attacking sharks is very difficult since victims rarely make adequate observations of the attacker during the "heat" of the interaction. Tooth remains are seldom found in wounds and diagnostic characters for many requiem sharks (family Carcharhinidae) are difficult to discern even by trained professionals. That said, this list must be used with caution because attacks involving easily identified species, such as white, tiger, sandtiger, hammerhead and nurse sharks, nearly always identify the attacking species, while cases involving difficult to identify species, such as requiem sharks of the genus Carcharhinus, seldom correctly identify the attacker. Thus the list is skewed to readily identified species."
|Species Name||Common Name|
|Carcharias taurus,||sand tiger|
|Carcharhinus melanopterus,||blacktip reef|
|Isurus oxyrinchus,||shortfin mako|