SHARK ATTACKS BAHAMAS


Shark! Melinda Riger, Grand Bahama Scuba

SHARK ATTACKS – BAHAMAS AND BEYOND

UPDATED FOR 2019 – ATTACK STATS NOW COME IN A DIFFERENT FORMAT

INTERNATIONAL SHARK ATTACK FILE 2018
Florida Museum


The International Shark Attack File investigated 130 incidents of alleged shark-human interaction occurring worldwide in 2018. Sixty-six cases represent confirmed unprovoked shark attacks on humans. Thirty-four of the remaining cases were confirmed as provoked attacks on humans.

“Unprovoked attacks” are defined as incidents where an attack on a live human occurs in the shark’s natural habitat with no human provocation of the shark.

“Provoked attacks” occur when a human initiates interaction with a shark in some way. These include instances when divers are bitten after harassing or trying to touch sharks, attacks on spear-fishers, attacks on people attempting to feed sharks, bites occurring while unhooking or removing a shark from a fishing net, etc.

Unprovoked Attacks 66
Provoked Attacks 34
Boat Attacks 9
Scavenge 4
Habituation 1
Public Aquaria 1
Doubtful 10
Not Confirmed 5
Total Cases 130

The worldwide total of unprovoked shark attacks was significantly lower than average. The 2018 worldwide total confirmed was lower than the most recent five-year (2013-2017) average incidents annually. There were five fatal attacks this year, four of which were confirmed to be unprovoked. These numbers are in line with the annual global average of six fatalities per year. A single non-fatal incident occurred in the Bahama Islands.Worldwide Shark Attack Stats & Locations 2018

Of the remaining 30 cases, nine involved bites to motorized or non-motorized marine vessels (“boat attacks”), four involved shark-inflicted post-mortem bites (“scavenge”), five were cases in which the shark-human interaction could not be confirmed based on the available data, one case in which the attack involved an animal that may have been habituated to the presence of humans in the area, and one case involved a diver in a public aquarium. Ten cases were regarded as “doubtful” in which the incidents did not involve a shark, including one case attributed to an eel and one case attributed to a barracuda.

Victim Activity at Time of Attack
Surfing/board sports 53%
Swimming/wading 30%
Snorkeling/free-diving 6%
Body surfing/horseplay 3%
Scuba 5%
Other Shallow water activities 3%

The worldwide total number of unprovoked shark attacks is remarkably low given the number of people participating in aquatic recreation each year. For decades, worldwide fatality rates have continued to decline reflecting advances in beach safety, medical treatment and public awareness. This underscores the importance of global efforts to improve ocean rescue, medical care and shark education.

The somber truth is that most of the world’s shark populations are in decline, or exist at greatly reduced levels, as a consequence of overfishing and habitat loss. On average, there are only six fatalities attributable to unprovoked attacks by sharks worldwide, each year. By contrast, fisheries kill about 100 million sharks and rays annually. There is a pressing need to conserve these animals and their associated habitats to ensure their sustainability in the long term.

CREDITS: Florida Program for Shark Research, Florida Museum of Natural History – University of Florida; Tyler Bowling . – Program Manager, International Shark Attack File; Melinda Riger of Grand Bahama Scuba for the great photos

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Shark attack data for Abaco Islands, Bahamas

FIND A SEARCHABLE DATABASE  WITH DETAILS OF ALL RECORDED ATTACKS HERE

ATTACK MAP FOR 2017

LATEST STATS TO END 2016

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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

http://www.sharkattackdata.com/place/bahamas

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