30 January 2019

International Shark Attack File: South Africa experienced two non-fatal shark attacks in 2018

According to the University of Florida's International Shark Attack File (ISAF), South Africa experienced two non-fatal shark attacks in 2018*. Another four remaining unclassified attacks from South Africa are still under investigation. A total of 130 incidents of alleged shark-human interaction occured worldwide in 2018. Out of the 130 interactions between humans and sharks, 66 cases are confirmed unprovoked shark attacks on humans, while 34 are confirmed as provoked attacks on humans.
  • Unprovoked Attacks - 66 incidents
  • Provoked Attacks - 34 incidents
  • Boat Attacks - 9 incidents
  • Scavenge - 4 incidents
  • Habituation - 1 incident
  • Public Aquaria - 1 incident
  • Doubtful - 10 incidents
  • Not Confirmed - 5 incidents
  • Total Cases - 130 incidents
The International Shark Attack File (ISAF) defines unprovoked attacks as "incidents where an attack on a live human occurs in the shark’s natural habitat with no human provocation of the shark" and provoked attacks as incidents where "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 spearfishers, attacks on people attempting to feed sharks, bites occurring while unhooking or removing a shark from a fishing net, etc." [src.]

beach, South Africa, Port Elizabeth
The International Shark Attack File (est. 1958) is housed at the Florida Museum of Natural History and is the only scientifically-generated database that documents and monitors shark attacks on a global basis.

South Africa has an annual average of four total shark attacks and one fatality.

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