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Percentage of unprovoked fatal shark attacks (Regional)

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Australia has a reputation for vicious shark attacks, which are an oft-cited topic for visitors and locals alike. Worldwide, Australia has the second highest number of recorded shark attack cases from 1580-2013, with a total of 510 reported cases, around half the number of attacks recorded by the United States, whose death toll stands at 1022 (International Shark Attack File, January 2014). Many of the attacks occur in deep waters or with surfboard riders, whose wetsuits often make them appear similar to seals, a sharks usual prey. An unprovoked attack is considered one which is initiated by the shark, and without human provocation.

This FACT indicates the percentage of fatal shark attacks in each Australian state and territory. The percentage includes all provoked and unprovoked shark attacks, from 1791 to 2012. The Australian Capital Territory has zero recorded attacks as it has no coastal beaches.

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Source: Taronga Conservation Society Australia, 1791-2012

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