The 2019 Shark Attack Map features the location and information on shark attacks and shark bites across the world.
As of March 18, 2019 there have been a total of 13 shark attack bites (11 with injury, 4 of which are considered provoked*) publicly reported and verified in 2019. One fatal**; 5 were reported in the U.S (including zero fatal), with 2 occurring in Florida and 2 in Hawaii. Three have been reported in Australia, zero fatal. Three unconfirmed bites, worldwide, not included in the total count.
*Provoked defined as spearfishing, feeding sharks, fishing, etc. (listed with green marker).
**Three possible scavenge
Western Australia: 1 (0 no injury), Fatal: 0, Unconfirmed: 0.
Northern Territory: 1 (1 provoked), Fatal: 0, Unconfirmed 0.
Queensland: 0 (0 provoked), Fatal: 0, Unconfirmed 2.
New South Wales: 2 (1 no injury), Fatal: 0, Unconfirmed 0.
South Australia: 0, Fatal: 0, Unconfirmed 0.
Victoria: 0 (0 no injury), Fatal: 0, Unconfirmed 0.
The data is gathered by an international team of researchers in four countries who search for the most accurate information available. Tracking Sharks strives to accurately record the details of each incident and to speak directly with victims whenever possible.
Incidents are listed on 2019 Shark Attack Map in two main categories, nonfatal and fatal. The nonfatal category includes injures that do not result in death, and no injury shark encounters in which a shark attacks a surfboard, kayak or other vessel while in the presence of a human. Shark attacks that result in the direct or indirect death of a human are listed in the fatal category. The fatal shark attack category may include markers indicating possible victims of a fatal shark attack that cannot be positively confirmed, such as a scavenge event.
Related: Shark Attack Prevention Tips
Each event listed with a light green marker indicates the event is considered provoked. Provoked shark attacks mean a human may have contributed to the event. Examples include spearfishing, shark fishing, grabbing a shark by the tail or molesting the fish.
Shark attacks or bites in which the victim played no contributing part are considered unprovoked and listed in blue on the 2019 Shark Attack map.
The total number of people bitten or attacked by a shark is quite low when compared to the overall number of people in the water at any given time. The majority of interactions show a trend in what is considered an investigative bite or accidental bite. Sharks have been known to use their mouths to investigate objects they perceive as food. The state of Florida is known as the shark attack capital of the world. However, the majority of interactions are single, nonfatal incidents in which a shark takes a single bite and swims away.
The 2018 Shark Attack Map can be used in full screen mode by clicking expand in the top right corner. A menu on the left-hand side can be used to navigate through the categories and years available on the map.
Cases 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.