ABACO FACTS (including likelihood of adverse shark encounter or shipwreck)


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ROLLING HARBOUR  “WHERE IT’S SAFE TO DIP YOUR TOES IN THE WATER…”

Shark attack data for Abaco Islands, Bahamas

Unprovoked incidents since 1900

Unprovoked (total) 21
Non-fatal and unprovoked 20
Fatal and unprovoked 1

Provoked/invalid/sea disaster/boating counts

Provoked/invalid/sea disaster/boating (total) 1
Provoked 1
Invalid 0
Boating 0
Sea Disaster 0
 Attacks since 1958
Unprovoked 
Date Location Activity Incident Type Fatal?
01 Jul 1958 North of Walkers Cay Spearfishing, had fish on his spear Unprovoked Non-fatal Details
22 Jun 1983 Off Sandy Point, Great Abaco Island Spearfishing Unprovoked Fatal Details
08 Jul 1983 Green Turtle Cay Spearfishing Unprovoked Non-fatal Details
29 Aug 1992 Double Breasted Cays Snorkeling, carrying a speared fish in her hand Unprovoked Non-fatal Details
17 May 1997 Walkers Cay Spearfishing Unprovoked Non-fatal Details
26 May 1997 Powell Cay Spearfishing Unprovoked Non-fatal Details
05 Aug 1999 Grand Cay Spearfishing & holding catch Unprovoked Non-fatal Details
31 Aug 2001 North of Grand Cay Spearfishing Unprovoked Non-fatal Details
09 Apr 2002 Walkers Cay Standing Unprovoked Non-fatal Details
04 Jul 2003 10 miles west of Walker’s Cay Spearfishing Unprovoked Non-fatal Details
10 Jul 2003 Bakers Bay Spearfishing Unprovoked Non-fatal Details
03 Oct 2005 Grand Cay Diving Unprovoked Non-fatal Details
10 Jul 2007 Allan-Pensacola Cay Spearfishing Unprovoked Non-fatal Details
28 Jun 2008 Location unknown Spearfishing Unprovoked Non-fatal Details
31 Jul 2009 Spanish Cay Spearfishing Unprovoked Non-fatal Details
02 Oct 2010 Elbow Cay Surfing Unprovoked Non-fatal Details
28 Jul 2013 Grand Cay Diving Unprovoked Non-fatal Details
28 Jul 2013 Scotland Cay Spearfishing Unprovoked Non-fatal Details
25 Jun 2014 Location unknown Spearfishing Unprovoked Non-fatal Details
06 Jan 2015 Tahiti Beach, Elbow Cay Snorkeling Unprovoked Non-fatal Details
23 Jul 2016 Green Turtle Cay Spearfishing Unprovoked Non-fatal Details

Source: Shark Attack Data

‘INTERNATIONAL SHARK ATTACK FILE’

World Locations with the Highest Shark Attack Activity

ICTHYOLOGY (Florida Museum of Natural History)

Latest data Jan 2017 for 2007-2016

WORLD
(Total=766)
YEAR Total Attacks Fatal Non-fatal
2007 70 1 69
2008 55 4 51
2009 68 7 61
2010 82 6 76
2011 79 13 66
2012 83 7 76
2013 77 10 67
2014 73 3 70
2015 98 6 92
2016 81 4 77
FLORIDA
(Total=244)
AUSTRALIA
(Total=139)
YEAR Total Attacks Fatal Non-fatal YEAR Total Attacks Fatal Non-fatal
2007 31 0 31 2007 12 0 12
2008 28 0 28 2008 10 1 9
2009 19 0 19 2009 22 0 22
2010 14 1 13 2010 14 1 13
2011 11 0 11 2011 13 4 9
2012 27 0 27 2012 14 2 12
2013 24 0 24 2013 10 2 8
2014 28 0 28 2014 11 2 9
2015 30  0 30 2015 18 1 17
2016 32 0 32 2016 15 2 13
HAWAII
(Total=65)
SOUTH AFRICA
(Total=41)
YEAR Total Attacks Fatal Non-fatal YEAR Total Attacks Fatal Non-fatal
2007 7 0 7 2007 2 0 2
2008 1 0 1 2008 0 0 0
2009 3 0 3 2009 6 4 2
2010 4 0 4 2010 8 2 6
2011 3 0 3 2011 5 2 3
2012 10 0 10 2012 4 3 1
2013 13 1 12 2013 5 1 4
2014 7 0 7 2014 2 1 1
2015 7 1 6 2015 8 0 8
2016 10 0 10 2016 1 0 1
SOUTH CAROLINA
(Total=39)
CALIFORNIA
(Total=33)
YEAR Total Attacks Fatal Non-fatal YEAR Total Attacks Fatal Non-fatal
2007 5 0 5 2007 4 0 4
2008 2 0 2 2008 2 1 1
2009 0 0 0 2009 4 0 4
2010 4 0 4 2010 4 1 3
2011 2 0 2 2011 3 0 3
2012 5 0 5 2012 5 1 4
2013 6 0 6 2013 1 0 1
2014 5 0 5 2014 4 0 4
2015 8 0 8 2015 2 0 2
2016 2 0 2 2016 4 0 4
NORTH CAROLINA
(Total=33)
RÉUNION ISLAND
(Total=21)
YEAR Total Attacks Fatal Non-fatal YEAR Total Attacks Fatal Non-fatal
2007 2 0 2 2007 1 0 1
2008 3 0 3 2008 0 0 0
2009 1 0 1 2009 0 0 0
2010 5 0 5 2010 1 0 1
2011 4 0 4 2011 4 2 2
2012 2 0 2 2012 4 1 3
2013 1 0 1 2013 5 2 3
2014 4 0 4 2014 1 0 1
2015 8 0 8 2015 4 2 2
2016 3  0 3 2016 1 0 1
BRAZIL
(Total=10)
BAHAMAS
(Total=4)
YEAR Total Attacks Fatal Non-fatal YEAR Total Attacks Fatal Non-fatal
2007 0 0 0 2007 0 0 0
2008 3 0 2 2008 0 0 0
2009 1 1 0 2009 0 0 0
2010 1 0 1 2010 2 1 1
2011 2 0 2 2011 0 0 0
2012 0 0 0 2012 0 0 0
2013 1 1 0 2013 0 0 0
2014 0 0 0 2014 0 0 0
2015 1 0 1 2015 1 0 1
2016 1 0 1 2016 1 0 1

Revised and updated January 2015 (old system)

1749-2013 MAP OF THE BAHAMAS AND THE ANTILLES

CONFIRMED UNPROVOKED SHARK ATTACKS

I have updated the map and stats up to 2014. Abaco score: unchanged thankfully. I realise that ‘unprovoked’ is a grey area… Does it include spearfishing-related incidents (dying fish – ‘distressed’ movements – blood); or shark attraction to shiny things (‘Rolex flashing’); or the controversial and increasing incidence of ‘chumming’ which anyone – oh, apparently not – might think would encourage sharks to associate yummy food with humans..?

On the topic of shark-feeding, check out the discussion on Abaco Forum HERE

Any views on chumming? By all means use the COMMENT link, in tiny writing (hey! designer!) at the end of the page.

STOP PRESS JANUARY 2015 

The stats shown below for Bahamas, and Abaco in particular, have suddenly changed, because a woman at Tahiti Beach, Elbow Cay, has had the misfortune to be attacked by a shark – presumed to be a tiger shark. She has been flown to Fort Lauderdale Fl. where she is undergoing operations and recovering in Hospital. The early report is here http://m.local10.com/news/tourist-bitten-by-shark-in-bahamas-flown-to-fort-lauderdale/30558404 There is a suggestion that shark feeding has been occurring close to the recreational area, which may be an explanation for the attack… That’s a controversial area that I suspect is becoming more of an issue.

UPDATE JAN 9 An upbeat news report of the unfortunate woman’s recovery on Florida’s excellent LOCAL10 NEWS

UPDATE JAN 14 A report from the hospital with video of the woman recounting her ordeal at WFAA

UPDATE JAN 20 A further progress report post-surgery can be found at CARIBBEAN360

1749-2013 Map of the Bahamas’ and the Antilles’ Confirmed Unprovoked Shark Attacks (N=70)hdr_shark

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1749-2013 Map of the Bahamas’ and the Antilles’ Confirmed Unprovoked Shark Attacks (N=70)
Territory Total
Attacks
Fatal
Attacks
Last
Fatality
Territory Total
Attacks
Fatal
Attacks
Last
Fatality
Abaco Is. 6 0 Cuba 11 7 1931
Grand Bahama Is. 5 0 Puerto Rico 10 2 1924
Andros 3 0 Virgin Is. 4 2 1972
Bimini 3 0 Haiti 4 1 1921
Exuma 2 0 Jamaica 3 2 2013
New Providence 2 0 Dominican Republic 2 2 1963
Cay Sal Bank 1 0 Cayman Is. 2 0
San Salvador 1 0 Netherland Antilles 2 0
Turks and Caicos 2 0
Rum Cay Island 1 0 Antigua 1 0
Unspecified 1 0 Martinique 1 0
St. Martin 1 0
BAHAMAS 26 0   ANTILLES 44 16 2013
red 5 and above blue 3 – 4 green 1 – 2 none 0

Last updated: February 20, 2014

 © International Shark Attack File
Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida

A great deal of useful information can be found at the ICHTHYOLOGY shark section (FMNH), covering such aspects as habitat, behaviour, sensible precautions… and how to deal with an apparently threatening situation without making it worse.

SHARK ATTACK DATA: ABACO

“Timeline Of Unprovoked Incidents Since 1900”

A somewhat diffferent – and more specific – picture emerges from the Abaco webpage of S.A.D., where both stats and details of each incident are given. It makes for interesting reading, suggesting one historic fatality and one ‘provoked’ attack. You will also see how often spear-fishing and associated activity is involved. To go straight to all this info, CLICK HERE 

Shark Gif

ABACO’S HIGHEST POINT

Maps. Images. The intrepid expedition to pinpoint the summit of Abaco can be found HEREMount Abaco 5 copy

LONGITUDE AND LATITUDE OF THE DELPHI CLUB, ABACO, BAHAMAS

The precise Longitude and Latitude coordinates of the handsome locally carved PINEAPPLE on the centre of the roof of the Delphi Club are, respectively, 77.1787834167480  and  26.20450323936187  Click link above to find out more – much more – about the fruit, its symbolism and social history.

MAYDAY MAYDAY…

THE MAIN SHIPWRECKS OF ABACO, BAHAMAS

EIGHT SHIPS AND TWO TRAINS (yes, really)

  • USS ADIRONDACK – a wooden steam- and sail-powered  Federal gunboat. She ran aground in 1862, 6 months after she was launched
  • ‘BARGE’ – an old landing craft
  •  BONITA – a British WWII transport vessel
  •  DEMIRA – a steel-hulled freighter, sunk in a hurricane in 1928
  • USS SAN JACINTO – a Civil War gunboat that was both steam- and sail-powered…Until she ran aground in 1865
  • SAN JUAN EVANGELISTA
  • THE VICEROY – a steamship wrecked around 1900
  • HMS MERMAID – driven onto a reef in a storm and wrecked in 1759 (undiscovered until 1987)
  • LOCOMOTIVES X 2 – not actually driven into the sea, but fell off a ship while being transported

NEW ENTRY

  • THE WILLIAM & MARY wrecked off Hole-in-the Wall 1853. For report CLICK HERE or in pdf form

Wreck of the William and Mary pdf

  • SS HESLEYSIDE (Schooner Bay). You’ll find a detailed post about this wreck HERE

CHECK OUT Cap’n Dan Berg’s  ABACO SHIPWRECK DIRECTORY for more details

[PS I have only just noticed, and emphatically deny responsibility for, the embedded ads for Bikini-Expo.com  Think of them as a bonus, if you wish]

Here is the ‘SHIPS DISCOVERY’ MAP of five early 16th century wrecks in ‘Lucayan Islands’ configured in a way that makes the precise locations rather hard to identify… 

ABACO IN NUMBERS

1 highway (130 miles long)

1 roundabout (near Marsh Harbour airport)

1 set of working traffic lights (in Marsh Harbour)

0 wild Abaco Barbs (Colonial horse originating from Spain) remaining (5 when I first posted this…). The last survivor, Nunki, died in 2015, bringing to an end the line.

1 airfield (Sandy Point)

2 international airports (Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay)

2 main lighthouses (Hole-in-the-Wall, Hope Town – there’s also the remains of one at Little Harbour)

5 National Parks (terrestrial and marine)

5 main inhabited Cays (Walker’s, Green Turtle, Great Guana, Man-o-War, Elbow)

5 the number of known species of marine turtles (out of 7) found in Bahamas
waters (Green, Loggerhead, Hawksbill, Leatherback and Olive Ridley turtles)

101 steps to climb inside Hope Town lighthouse

106 miles north of Nassau

134 feet – the highest point above sea level of Abaco

175 miles east of Palm Beach Fl.

200 square miles covered by The Marls

210 feet – the highest point in all the Bahamas

776 square miles total area

900 the approximate number of Abaco-registered vehicles

1973 the year of Independence

1976 the year of the first Abaco licence plates

3000 Abaco parrots

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OTHER RANDOM TOPICS

ABACO FOOD & DRINK      CLICK HERE

PHILATELY                           CLICK HERE

‘BAHAMA YELLOW’            CLICK HERE

Abaco (Cuban) Parrot 2013 2

2 thoughts on “ABACO FACTS (including likelihood of adverse shark encounter or shipwreck)

  1. Not that it really matters 🙂 but there is also a roundabout in Treasure Cay, with a big sculpture of a pirate ship on it.

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    • I sort of knew someone might pick me up on that one day!!!! I suppose I meant on the Highway – the TC one is ‘in town’, isn’t it? Oh dear. I’ll have to decide whether to amend my facts (and slightly reduce the overall effect) – or persist with (der der der…) a lie!!! RH

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