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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 NameCommon Name

Recorded Attacks

Carcharodon carcharias,white

373

Galeocerdo cuvier,tiger

137

Carcharhinus leucas,bull

88

Carcharias taurus,sand tiger

67

Carcharhinus limbatus,blacktip

32

Carcharhinus spp.,requiem

48

Sphyrna spp.,hammerhead

35

Prionace glauca,blue

34

Carcharhinus melanopterus,blacktip reef

14

Isurus oxyrinchus,shortfin mako

42






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