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.