2015 Shark Attack Bites Tracking Map

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click in the top right corner of the map to enter full screen mode.

Unfortunately some media outlets sensationalize some shark interactions as full blown killer sharks on the loose. However, as you see in the map below shark bites and attacks are not that common. If you notice the most shark bites are clustered on the Eastern coast of Florida. This is due to rough surf which creates limited visibility for the sharks.

Of course with surf comes surfers. More people in the water leads to the possibility of more interactions. Do not let this alarm you. Once you click on an article, it will give you the details of the incident, which is normally a small ankle bite or small laceration on a hand.

The map actually has categories (bites, fatal and interactions) on the left hand side. If you cannot see these in your browser, click on the top right button at the top of the map to open in full screen. The map is intended to show how rare shark interactions are. There are millions of people in the waters every day, if sharks were crazy killers, the map would be filled to the brim, but it’s not. Did you know Bill Gates says you should be more worried about pesky mosquitoes than sharks? So be safe and enjoy the waters.

Want to track live sharks? Click here.  2016 Shark attack bite map available here.

All 2015’s Shark attacks and bites, pinpointed on an easy to use map below. Includes relevant information on the attack/bite: fatal/non fatal, location, victim.

Click to open the 2014 Shark attack bite map or the 2013 Shark attack bites map in a new window.

 

Attack bite spots are mapped using the information in the original article. Due to this, the exact spot of the incident may not be 100% correct. If you see any corrections, let me know in the comments. This map is for informational use only.

72 thoughts on “2015 Shark Attack Bites Tracking Map

  1. Jaws

    Hey your shark map is not working

    1. Kmac

      When you say not working, do you mean you see the map and the functionality is not there or can’t see it all? We just moved to a new server and still working out the kinks. If you can tell me as much detail as possible, we will try to have it fixed ASAP.

  2. megan

    can’t see the map at all

    1. Kmac

      I apologize. It Should be corrected now. Due to the upgrade, you may have to delete your cache/cookies. If you have any more problems please let me know.

  3. carol

    I can see the map fine, looks great (except can you make sharks stop biting folks here in North Carolina)

    1. Kmac

      Ty for letting me know! NC is the hot spot this year. Though some of them seem to be connected to fishing piers.

    2. Ashley

      Yeah seriously! Us North Carolinians are being attacked worse than ever.

  4. John

    There have been 6 shark attacks on the Outer Banks this month. How come you only spotted one (June 27th) and another possible attack?

    1. Kmac

      I believe it’s six total in NC for the month of June, with two in the Outer Banks within two days of each other. I was waiting on conformation to upgrade the second one.

  5. Kathy

    You show that there was an attack off Sullivan’s Island, SC, but the article says a completely different area.

    1. Kmac

      Two shark stars for you! I have it corrected. Thank you for pointing that out!

  6. Judy

    Thank you for putting this together. We are going to Virginia Beach on 7/5 and have been feeling a little uneasy. It is nice to see on the map that there aren’t any interactions or attacks in that area – is the activity due to the higher temperatures in the water this year? Perhaps Virginia Beach is not south enough to be that warm? Fingers crossed!
    thanks,
    Judy

    1. Rodney

      Just got back to virginia beach. I live here I was on vacation in the outer banks. The water is getting warmer in Virginia beach, so I’m sure the sharks are going to move up the coast. There were a couple of shark attacks in the outer banks when we were there. Be careful.

    2. Kathy

      Live in the VB area. Sharks have been sighted in the surf and following the Dolphins.

  7. Zoe

    What are the most recent shark attacks?

    1. Kmac

      If you click on the menu button on the map, it will open a date range. The newest are listed at the bottom.

  8. sonja

    In one of the articles for Hawaii it states there are a total of 19 bite attacks and 5 deaths but it only shows 3 bites/attacks total? So have there been more in 2015 if so where and when? “This is the 19th bite attack of 2015 and the 5th fatal incident” http://www.trackingsharks.com/woman-killed-by-shark-in-hawaii/

    1. Kmac

      The count is world wide. I added the info to the article. Thank you for pointing it out!

  9. wendy

    Any sightings in Rehoboth, delaware or ocean city, maryland? We will be traveling there during aug 22-29. thanks

    1. Kmac

      A hammerhead was spotted back on June 26. Besides that, nothing comes to mind. Hope you guys have a wonderful time!

  10. Ed

    you’ve a great weblog here! would you wish to make some posts on my blog?

  11. Aaron

    Your links to the 2013 and 2014 shark attacks are broken. They changed the URL on you. The correct URLs are:

    2014 http://www.trackingsharks.com/2014-shark-attack-bites-tracking-map/

    2013 is a little weird. If you search for “2013 shark map” a post comes up in the results, but you get a 404 error when you click on it. Luckily the map itself is in the search results so you can just maximize it. The following link takes you directly to the map: http://www.trackingsharks.com/2013-tracking-sharks-bites-attack-map/

    1. Kmac

      Thanks Aaron!! I corrected the links and it seems to be working now. If you see anything else, please let me know. Thanks again!!

  12. Lenny G.

    Hey! I’m at work browsing your site from my new apple iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts! Keep up the great work!

  13. Beth

    Going to Atlantic Beach, NC do you think it’s safe? Any activity on that stretch of islands?

    1. Kmac

      Yes, you are more likely to be injured on the way to the beach than by a shark. The last incident I could find was in 1980.

  14. Paulu

    Whats up! I simply would like to give a huge thumbs up for the great info.

  15. crazyface

    hey thnx for the info but i dont think i will like florida its beautiful but ~.~ bruhh

  16. The majority of what the media refers to as ‘shark attacks’ do not involve predation except when a shark is after a fisherman’s catch. Like all other animals, a shark cannot rely on instinct alone and learns by exploring its environment.

  17. lake of the dead

    Outstanding site from the experts. Thank you very much for this useful info for all of us.

  18. השרון

    hey there and thank you for your information – I have certainly picked up something great insight.

    Ensure that you update this again soon.

  19. scar

    My sister is analyzing attacks for school and this is a tremendous help. Wonderful info, but I wish you would post more great white photos.

  20. creg

    Touche. Keep up the great effort.

  21. I’m not that much of a online reader to bbe honest but your sites really nice,
    keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back down the road.
    All the best

  22. Foreman

    becareful int the waters and do not gett yourself killed! It is first home to the graceful sharks…humans 2nd.

  23. Mako shark

    I want to encourage you to continue your great work, have a nice morning!

  24. Ra'ana Kanwal

    I think that is one of the most important information for me and i am satisfied studying your information.The web site style is
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  25. Hotel kings

    Aw, this was an extremely great way to track shark encounters!!. Spending some time and actual effort to create
    a very good database.

  26. Steve-0

    Your recent post appears to drift from your mission of dispassionately reporting on shark attacks and events.

    1. Kmac

      I always try to stick to just the facts and known info, however it isn’t always easy. Thanks for letting me know!!

  27. Good day! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you. I’m undoubtedly enjoying your blog and look forward to new
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  28. Bibliocat

    Where is the map key? Most of the symbols are easily understood once you click for the information, but I would still like to have a definition of precisely what is meant or implied by each symbol. I’m happy to see that the Galveston/Freeport, Texas area has been free of attacks so far this year. Our waters are typically a bit cloudy due to the Brazos River, but the beaches have been uncommonly (and beautifully) clear this summer.

    1. Kmac

      Thanks for the comment and sorry it has taken so long to respond. I changed the icons around to make it a little easier. I’m planning on adding new ones, that will be more streamlined. I thought I would have had it done by now, but have been swamped. Nice to hear about the TX beaches!! I know of a few bites that happened in the state, most appear to be due to the rough murky waters.

  29. I really like it whenever people come together and share
    thoughts. Great website, stick with it!

  30. Dorthea

    thanks for all the info and fixing the map icons like the other guy said. great info!!

  31. Sunny FL

    Greetings from Florida! Great site you have here, filled with tons of information. My favorite part is how you do not refer to Florida in a negative way!

  32. Christinay

    It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d definitely donate!

  33. roblox

    I am studying sharks and the negative perceptions as portrayed in the media. Really useful data you have here.

  34. black feet

    We must all live together with the creatures of the sea, It is their world just as much as it our own. To live in love with nature and each other is a goal of God.

  35. dexter

    Hi there, You’ve done an excellent job. I’ll certainly digg it and recommend.

  36. R.

    I wanted to thank you for this very good map!!

  37. Billabong

    I’ve been surfing for 18 years and have watched sharks swim close to boards and then take off. Even had them bump me, which is scary, but it goes along with being in the water. We must respect them as we are in there territory.

  38. pastor john

    Whether or not we like it, sharks are always going to bite people and we will still go in the ocean. Just as we will still hike, snakes will still bite, as bees will sting. We must not fear God’s creations, but respect them all. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 . Use your sound mind when going in the water and do not swim when bleeding or when sharks are present.

  39. kayleigh

    Oh my goodness! Incredible article data

  40. Antonio Degrazia

    Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

  41. Anonymous

    I always believed their would be more shark attacks than there really are.I feel much safer after seeing how litle there are compared to the number of pepole in the ocean. i am still scared of them thanks to jaws

  42. vickey

    clever work and reporting!

    Keep up the terrific orks guys I’ve incorporated you into my blog.

  43. Anonymous

    Hurrah, this is what I was looking for!

  44. Ladybird

    Greetings from Los Angeles! I really like the information you provide here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. Happy to see that there are no attacks in my city!!!!!!!

    1. Kmac

      Coming this week.

    1. Kmac

      Don’t be sad. The world is a wonderful place to live. Plus we are the only planet with beautiful oceans and sharks.

  45. weibelgots

    We hope that you keep going the perfect work!

  46. lisa batoeski

    Your page is realy nice! I wanna say thank you for sharing the useful info with me.

  47. Vikabik

    This interactive map and its red pins actually represent incidents in which there was some kind of aggravated encounter reported between a human and a shark. Not all of those incidents were predatory attacks.

  48. Michael Burch

    My wife and I moved from Baltimore to Ft. Lauderdale not long after we got married in 1977. We lived there for four years and spent as much time as possible at the beach while living there. I am hoping to retire in June of 2017, so we just bought a nice place in Sunnyland Beach (Melbourne Beach) that is a five minute walk to the ocean. We still love the ocean and I’m actually hoping to learn how to surf.

    To be honest, I hate sharks and think the only good shark is a dead shark. Thanks to the tree huggers and dirt people, the shark population continues to increase. That means that swimmers and surfers will be in ever increasing danger of being a victim of a shark attack. One single human life is worth more than every shark in every body of water in the world. I hate having to feel like I constantly need to be looking over my shoulder for some stinking shark every time I go in the ocean.

    I know most everyone will probably disagree with me, but I’m assuming that honest opinions are what people are interested in, even if they disagree.

    1. delana_frazier@yahoo.com

      I have scuba dived and seen beautiful places from the Bahamas to Mexico. I have to say I do have to AGREE with the increased population of sharks. We do become more of a dinner choice. Scuba diving around sharks means that someone has to feed them to make them not be hungry and want to eat us during our diving excursion.
      So; if one is not diving or feeding them they then become dinner. But then we do have to respect that we are in their domain. THE OCEAN.So really there is not a real good solution to the deli-ma of to go into the water or not to go into the water if a shark potentially is in the area.

  49. delana_frazier@yahoo.com

    Dude the map still does not work. It acts like a PDF. And nothing else. I hope since 2015 the migration to a new server that the kinks were already worked out.

    1. Kmac

      Have you tried deleting your cookies? I tried and it opens in the page and then when I click to expand it, it opens up in a new window. The direct link is https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1AZi0MFZUySQVPM3GrNCp6H2rLh8&usp=sharing Also, the 2016 map also has 2015’s data on it.

  50. Y. Steele

    Thanks for sharing

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