Shark Attack Map


Anti-Shark Systems for Surfers

Surfers are an easy target for sharks, especially in Australia, South Africa and California.

Fortunately, there are effective electronic devices that repel sharks by sending electrical pulses designed to keep deadly predators away from wave riders.

These anti-shark surf gadgets are detected by its sensory receptors, known as Ampullae of Lorenzini, causing mild-to-intolerable discomfort in the predator.

The shark deterrent system may save your life in shark infested waters. You can use the electronic shark defenses in your surf leash or back in the tail of your surfboard.

Most Common Species of Sharks

The Great White Shark

The Great White Shark

The Tiger Shark

The Tiger Shark

The Bull Shark

The Bull Shark

The world’s most shark-infested regions

Smell, sight, hearing, electroreception and lateral line are the main shark senses. They provide critical information for the activation of protection defenses and attacks.

The average shark life expectancy is of between 20 and 30 years, depending on the species.

Sharks can reach a swim speed of 20 kilometers per hour (12 miles per hour), when preparing an attack. Great white sharks can even peak at 50 kilometres per hour (31 miles per hour).

The most dangerous and deadly species of sharks are the great white shark, the tiger shark and the bull shark. Get details about shark-infested surfing regions.

The requiem shark, the sand tiger shark, the black tip shark, the narrow tooth shark, the hammerhead shark, the spinner shark and the blue shark complete the list of the 10 most lethal species of underwater predators.

How to survive a shark attack

If you sight a shark in the water, first of all, stay as calm as possible.
Do not swim or paddle fast to the shore, otherwise you’ll ignite a shark attack.

Track the shark and try to understand if the animal is swimming around or preparing an attack.
Try to find obstacles, corners, cliffs, rocks, boats or shallow waters.

If you’re scuba diving, make air bubbles. Sharks don’t enjoy bubbles.
Sharks are strong, but they can be beaten.

If a shark attacks, defend yourself by hitting the predator in the eyes and gills. There’s a good chance that he will leave the scene.

Finally, swim to the shore. Blood loss should be immediately stopped with clothes, while the medical teams arrive to help you.

The International Shark Attack File has been building and updating the largest shark database in the world, with individual investigations of shark attacks worldwide.

The fear of sharks is known as galeophobia. Panic, racing heartbeat, nervousness, mental anguish and even dizziness are the most common symptoms when fearing sharks.

Shark phobia can only be treated with hypnotherapy and psychotherapy.

Get an in-depth look at how to survive a shark attack.

Discover the most surprising facts about sharks.

Go undercover to avoid sharks

Sharks are known for their accurate vision. High contrasts are easily spotted by sharks underwater.

Yellow, white and red rash guards and wetsuits are especially visible to sharks, so surfers should avoid them in particularly classic shark-infested waters.

Light reflection caused by watches, jewelry or metal gear, should be reduced, too. Dark blue surf gear is always a good option.

Shark Culling: Yes or No?

In response to fatalities caused by sharks, there has been a lot of pressure in shark-infested countries to do something.

As a result, many national authorities decided to cull sharks with nets and drum line programs. However, it’s been proved that these measures are not effective.

Learn why shark culling is not the answer.

Austrian scuba diver killed by a shark after disappearing in the waters off South Africa

The 68-year-old man was diving with a group in Protea Banks when he was killed by a shark. Photo / 123rf
The 68-year-old man was diving with a group in Protea Banks when he was killed by a shark. Photo / 123rf

An Austrian scuba diver who went missing off the coast of South Africa was killed by a shark, according to sea rescuers.

The 68-year-old man, who has yet to be formally identified, was diving with a group in Protea Banks in Durban, in the east of the country.

The National Sea Rescue Institute revealed he was with a charter who went out into the water at around 1.45pm on Wednesday, the Daily Mail reports.

His fellow divers said that he disappeared as the rest of the group made their way to the surface.

An NSRI spokesman said: “According to fellow divers on a charter scuba dive they had been surfacing when the man had disappeared.

“During the search‚ the remains of the body of the man‚ believed to have been bitten by a shark‚ were located by crew of a private fishing boat.

“The remains of the body were recovered from the water onto a sea rescue craft and brought to shore.

“NSRI Convey sincerest condolences to the family of a 68 year old Austrian man who died yesterday at Protea Banks, South Coast Kwa-Zulu Natal.”

Initially, the NSRI said the man was German but they today revealed that he was in fact Austrian and thanked both the Austrian and German Consulates who assisted.

Protea Banks is a reef just 6.4km off the South African coast and attracts thousands of scuba divers each year.

Diving enthusiasts typically travel to the area because of the large number of tiger and bull sharks which live there.

Daily Mail




-Nobody likes to hear about them when they’re swimming, let alone see one in the water with you.  But, when you’re scuba diving, MOST of the time, it’s cool to see one or a few or even a bunch!  Non-hungry, small and timid sharks don’t often eat scuba divers and that’s just science.  My how scuba diving can change the way people think about the ocean’s treasurous creatures.  And in a good way!  Myself included.

Before my thinking was changed, my family and I went on vacation to Akumal, Mexico years back.  None of us were scuba certified at the time, other than my show-off wife!  So, ocean activity comprised mostly of snorkeling and swimming in really close to shore.  And during one exciting time while we were splashing around in the very warm sea as I remember clearly, my daughter right next to me, let out a piercing and crisp shriek…, “SHARK!”; then proceeded to hop onto my back, with her legs and arms locked around my neck and torso for protection selfishly all her own.  That word, screamed in that manner, about made me come out of my skin.  Mind you that the movie JAWS screwed up my psyche along with any chance of me having a long distance ocean swimming career.  I wasn’t going to be much help to my daughter or myself if I didn’t quickly get a grip with calm perspective and fast restorative action back to clear thought and surroundings analysis.  Also, reminding myself here, that Akumal, Mexico is an absolute haven for sea turtles to do their egg-laying, hanging out and swimming around very close to the beach.  I mean that these turtle creatures are all over the place.  We saw many dozens of them, may over a hundred.  Daily!  -These last sentences being the important bits of information my brain was able to process which was able to bring me worry-relief during my body’s fight-or-flight computational environmental triage.  Were we about to get eaten by a big ass scary shark or not?!  The answer after about five seconds of wonder while my daughter was hanging for dear life around my neck was… nope.  My learned offspring followed up her one word of information for me, “shark”, with a comment that it must have been a turtle that bumped her.  No shark after all.  After hearing that new info, I began to nervously laugh and happily torture my kid for having put me through shark fear.  All’s well that ends well!

Fast forward to today.  I actually want to see sharks while I’m in the water,,, scuba diving!  -Still not while I’m swimming though.  I can’t stand the thought of being a tasty fishing bobber just hanging out there waiting to get bump tasted by an inquisitive sea cleaner.  Yuck!  Bad thoughts.  Having the scuba gear on and hopefully a camera rig with defensive big flash system in my hand out in front of me, brings me a minor sense of invincibility to shark attack.  I much prefer the latter feeling.  Sharks are extremely well designed and awesomely cool animals that nature got right.  They’ve been around for millions of years and hopefully they’ll be around for millions more.

If you want to feel better about being in the water with sharks and want to enjoy Shark Week on the Discovery channel during the summer time much much more than you ever have, you need to run out and get yourself certified to scuba dive!  I’ve never ever met a diver that thinks that diving is JUST OKAY.  They all LOVE it.  See what all the craze is about, settle your shark fears, enjoy Shark Week more.  These are all valid reasons to go scuba diving.  I can’t wait to do it again.

Go sharks! 

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This is the dive signal for, “Shark”.  For this signal and many others, make sure to check out the Salty Dogs Dive Signals located HERE…



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