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Australian Shark Attack Statistics for 2016:

State

Unprovoked Cases Recorded

Fatal

Injured

Uninjured

NSW

8

0

5

3

QLD

2

0

2

0

SA

0

0

0

0

WA

5

2

2

1

VIC

1

0

0

1

TAS

1

0

0

1

NT

0

0

0

0

Total - Unprovoked

17

2

9

6

Total - Provoked

9

0

7

2

Total - All Cases

26

2

16

8

Last updated 13/1/2017

Definitions:

An ‘unprovoked’ encounter between a human and a shark is defined as an incident where a shark is in its natural habitat and has made a determined attempt to bite a human without any human provocation. A ‘provoked’ incident occurs when a human attracts or initiates physical contact with a shark, e.g. a person is bitten after grabbing a shark, a fisherman bitten while removing a shark from a hook, interactions with spearfishermen while spearing fish or the shark, a person steps on a shark, etc. The ‘uninjured’ category represents bumps or bites to surfboards where the person was not injured. The criteria for inclusion can be viewed in full on the ASAF web pages on the Taronga Zoo web site.