Shark incidents in Australia, 1997-2017


Each dot on the map below represents a single incident, colour-coded by the type of injury. Use the filters to refine what you see (click 'Show all' to reset). Double-click the map or use the '+' button to zoom in and '-' to zoom out.

  1. Fatal
  2. Injured
  3. Uninjured
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Data from the Australian Shark Attack File. Map made with Leaflet. Locations are approximate only.


Unprovoked: a shark in its natural habitat attempts to bite a human without human provocation.
Provoked: a person attracts or initiates physical contact with a shark, accidentally or on purpose. This can include fishing for sharks and commercial diving activities.

Read the criteria for incidents to be included in the Australian Shark Attack File here.