The 2018 Shark Attack Map provides information on all world-wide shark attacks bites that have occurred in 2018. Tracking Sharks breaks shark attacks in to two main categories, non-fatal and fatal. Non-fatal, includes attacks on vessels and bites where no physical injury has been received. The fatal category includes notes of possible scavenge, for cases in which no direct cause of death can be determined.
As of December 17, 2018, there have been a total of 101 shark attack bites (74 with injury, 24 of which are considered provoked*) publicly reported and verified in 2018. Five fatal**; 33 were reported in the U.S. (including one fatal), with 13 occurring in Florida and 3 in Hawaii. Twenty-seven have been reported in Australia, one fatal. Eight unconfirmed bites, worldwide, not included in the total count.
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(*Eight with no injury **Three possible scavenge)
Western Australia: 9 (4 no injury), Fatal: 0, Unconfirmed: 2.
Northern Territory: 1 (1 provoked), Fatal: 0, Unconfirmed 0.
Queensland: 7 (3 provoked), Fatal: 1, Unconfirmed 0.
New South Wales: 10 (2 no injury), Fatal: 0, Unconfirmed 1.
South Australia: 0, Fatal: 0, Unconfirmed 0.
Victoria: 2 (1 no injury), Fatal: 0, Unconfirmed 0.
The 2017, 2016 and 2015 shark attack bite locations have also been included on the map and can be accessed using the layer option on the left side of the map. Tracking Sharks attempts to mark the location as closely as possible to the original site of the incident. However, this may not always be possible due to the remoteness of the location, translations or information provided by witnesses or victims who may also want anonymity.
While the amount of shark attacks bites may look high, the number of people entering the water each year is thousands of times larger than the number of bites. We have found that sharks are not mindless killers and negative interactions are quite rare.
Sharks in general are inquisitive and may investigate visitors to their environment. While they should not be feared, they must be respected. Should you see a shark while in the water, exit as quickly and calmly as possible. For more information on what you can do to prevent a shark attack bite, visit our Shark Attack Prevention page.
The 2018 Shark Attack Map can be used in full screen mode by clicking expand in the top right corner. The menu on the left-hand side can be used to navigate through individual locations of shark attacks bites. In addition, you can select layers based on the year for fatal and non-fatal occurrences.
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We hope you enjoy using the 2018 shark attack map.
Reports from remote regions and shared via different languages have been gathered using translators. Due to this, the exact spot of the incident may not be 100% correct. If you see any corrections, please feel free to contact Tracking Sharks. This map is for informational use only.
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