- How do I know if a shark attack
was provoked or un-provoked?
- What does the listing "Group
Fatal" and "Group Incidents" mean?
- What is a Shark Attack?
- Why are scavenged bodies listed as
- What does "Harassed" mean?
- How do I run Queries?
- We don't use these terms of provoked or un-provoked the
physical and mental injury is more important to to our cause.
- No one wants a shark to bite them and cause a serious
injury, but at times people do make mistakes and underestimate the power,
quickness, or do not respect a shark. We feel if people do make a mistake
and cause themselves serious injury (Please let us learn from your
experience) Please share.
- Each shark researcher uses different criteria to help
determine if a attack was provoked or un-provoked. Some have a long list of
criteria, while others say the person must draw first blood against the
shark, while others say any physical contact between a shark and a human, or
piece of equipment being utilized by the human, constitutes an unprovoked
shark attack. While others say all attacks are provoked whether the person
knew they were provoking a shark or not.
- YOU CAN DECIDE IF A ATTACK WAS PROVOKED OR UN PROVOKED IF
THAT'S IMPORTANT TO YOU!
- Group Fatal is usually associated with boating accidents
incidents. When a boat sinks or several people were involved in a Fatal
incident at the same time we count the total number of people involved and
not list each person as a Fatal incident.
- Group Incidents is the number of separate incidents listed in
the database to get the Group Fatal numbers.
- If you see group fatal of 10 and group incidents of 1 -
This would mean there were 10 people involved in a Fatal incident at the
same time and the database will only show this as a single incident.
- NOTE: You may also see Group Murder and Murder Incidents -
These are incidents usually involving smuggling (Smugglers beat and throw
refugees overboard to waiting sharks) this keeps the other refugees in line.
- We have also added "Group Injured" This is where several
unknown people were injured over a period of time. As more reports of
incidents in third world countries becomes available they often include
reference to other previously un-reported incidents.
- YOU HAVE TO DECIDE THIS FOR YOURSELF!
- We list all Reported Shark Attack Related Incidents we can
find reference to and let you decide what's of interest to you.
- Myself being involved in a severe shark attack which
caused the loss of a arm and a near death experience are probably more
critical than most on what a shark attack is when compared to my experience.
We use the words "shark attack" even when not every incident listed here is
a "shark attack" according to my criteria, nor will some incidents be a
"shark attack" according to your criteria.
- The words "shark attack" are short understandable words
most often used when referring to what we consider a SHARK ATTACK RELATED
- In most scavenged bodies incidents there is no way to
prove if the person was or wasn't alive at the time.
- There was a fatality and someone died.
- This is 100 percent scientific proof of sharks eating
- Some scavenged body cases are very controversial, some
times the difference between a scavenged body and a Fatal Shark Attack can
be a small as a minute one way or another, not enough people witnessed the
incident, and many other factors.
- I arrived at the hospital DOA, my attack could have been
ruled several ways if I hadn't survived the attack so this topic is of
special interest to me.
I was ripped off my surfboard taken underwater by the shark, fought with the
shark in turmoil of water at the surface these things caused my lungs to
have enough water in them for me to have been considered drowned. I had two
tubes inserted into my lungs and had several weeks of treatment to remove
all the water from my lungs.
If a shark attack caused my lungs to have water in them and I had a
surfboard for flotation. It is very possible for sharks to have the ability
to drown people in other incidents before death or cause a drowning death.
Another thing about my attack is if I wasn’t able to get the shark to let go
and died as the shark was removing flesh from my arm. The tissue proving I
was alive at the time of the attack would have been removed, leaving tissue
that would have proved I would have been scavenged by a shark.
The difference between a shark attack fatality and a drowning can be a few
seconds. The difference between a shark attack fatality and scavenged body
can be one bite away.
1976 Lemon Shark Attack Survivor - Amputee
- These are incidents where there was No Injury. Everything
from bites to boats, surfers getting knocked of their boards, people took
actions and luckily escaped with No Injury.
- To display these in the injury field type "No Injury" in the
- Some sources do not have any interest in these type
incidents we feel it is very important to learn how these people avoided
- When you are at a search
page if you look below you will see “search
forms” for the date field and so on. You
should also see some results already pulled
from the data base.
- The search fields are
very easy to use they are setup to use the
“contain” command which allows you to search
a particular phrase or part of a search
phrase. Search terms you enter are “not”
- Date format is laid out
“day-month-year” or”11-jun-2007” (the month
is 3 characters only).
- (Put “Jun” in date search
form) >Submit Query – you will get the June
- (Put “JUN-2007”) and
you’ll get the June, 2007 results.
- (Put “199” in the date
field) and you’ll get the results for the
years 1990 to 1999.
- You can use as many of
the search forms as you want, to change a
search term highlight it or click in form
and change or delete that term.
- If you get a response “No
Records were returned” you most likely
entered something in wrong.
Common mistakes –
- July in date field - ONLY
You misspelled something use partial terms –
(You misspell “Austrialia”) Use “Aus”
- You entered the term in
the wrong field (You put “Florida” in the
- GET CONFUSED DELETE
EVERYTHING AND START OVER!
- There are database
limitations and anomalies you should know
about these are just a few:
- In tech terms “Null items
are ignored” What that means is in this page
we have a search form for “Sex”, any
incident where the sex is not known will not
show up in the results. The page will only
recognize incidents in the database where
the Sex is known.
- Other pages (in the
works) will display different info and allow
you to query different fields.
- A few small anomalies we
are working on correcting – (Put “surfing”
in the Activity form) your results will
contain “surfing” and “Body surfing”.
- There are other little
anomalies you may notice we are working on
correcting these with each database update.
- Update - We adjusted the
species field. Many species have the same
scientific name, but depending on your
location the common names may differ ie.
(Bull, Zambezi, Amazon, Nicaragua) all the
same shark. The most common name used is
(Bull). Pages with species information
displayed you will see the how the different
species are entered.