Shark Attack File Clarification

Shark Attack File Clarification from us Shark Attack Survivors

Many people wonder why our information is so much different than the information from the International Shark Attack File (ISAF).

We both start off getting reports of shark attack. We both investigate and confirm the incident happened. At this point the number of attacks is pretty much equal. In 2013 we have reports of 120 incidents while the ISAF investigated 125.

The ISAF takes it one step further and tries to confirm the incident was not provoked by a human and the incident meets their guidelines to become a confirmed to be unprovoked shark attack. In 2013 they were able to confirm 72 of the 125 investigated shark attacks met their guidelines. It does not mean there were only 72 shark attacks in 2013 it only means there were 72 shark attacks that met their guidelines.

This table will show you how the 125 attacks were divided up in 2013 by the ISAF.

Shark Attacks & Shark Attack Related Incidents
No Shark Involved 6 Investigated & Could not Confirm Shark Involvement.
Confirmed Unprovoked 72 Investigated & Confirmed & Confirmed Unprovoked.
Provoked 28 Investigated & Confirmed.
Not Enough Evidence 11 Investigated & Confirmed but could not confirm Unprovoked.
Marine Vessel / Boat 4 Investigated & Confirmed.
Air or Sea disaster 2 Investigated & Confirmed.
Scavenged 2 Investigated & Confirmed.
Investigated Total 125 Investigated not Reported


If you minus the “no shark involvement” (6) from the ISAF 125 they have 119 incidents involving sharks while we have 120 we are both even closer.

We ask all ocean goers to use some common sense prior to entering the ocean. Do your own investigation for the area you plan to visit and the activity you plan to participate in. You set your own guidelines for the information that’s important to you and remember only 15% of the world reports shark attacks. 90% of all reported incidents happen at English speaking countries who believe in freedom of the press.

Here is a good example of how the ISAF guidelines might differ from your guidelines.

12/02/2013 – Patrick Briney – Hawaii – *** Fatal *** Patrick was fishing for little baitfish with his feet dangling in the water. Bam big shark rips off his foot and he dies. This incident does not meet the ISAF guidelines so it is not counted in all those fancy graphs, tables, and charts. Persons kayak fishing should take notice don’t dangle your feet in the water while fishing it provokes sharks to attack.

Learn from our experiences we don’t want to add your name to our SAS sites or see you referenced as a number in next year’s summary.

ISAF shark attack file summary 2013

ISAF shark attack file summary 2013

If you should have any questions contact us or contact the ISAF they supply these figures every year. We just made them a little easier to understand.

Shark Attack at Pavilion, Muizenberg Beach South Africa

At 14h07, Friday, 01 August, NSRI Simonstown volunteer sea rescue duty crew and CMR (Cape Medical Response) were activated following reports of a man bitten by a shark while surfing off-shore of the Pavilion, Muizenberg Beach.

The man was reported to have been assisted out of the water.

NSRI Simonstown volunteers, CMR paramedics and a CMR ambulance, the SA Police Services, WC Government Health EMS, City of Cape Town Law Enforcement, Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services and the Red Cross AMS Skymed helicopter responded.

NSRI Strandfontein were placed on alert.

On arrival on-scene a 20 year old male, from Newlands (originally from Durban), was found to be in a stable condition with multiple lacerations to his lower limbs (some of which are deep lacerations) and an avulsion to the left thigh.

A member of the public had begun first aid treatment on the scene prior to paramedics arriving and the member of the public had cut the surf board leash from the surfers surf board and had tied the leash around the patients limbs to act as a tourniquet to stem the flow of blood.

The man has been airlifted by the Skymed helicopter to hospital in a stable condition for further treatment.

He was assisted out of the water by his friend.

At the time of the incident the Shark Spotters were flying the Black Shark Flag (indicating poor water and weather visibility conditions – a misty haze) and a bystander had approached the shark spotters to inform them that they had seen a shark fin in the water and the incident happened when the Shark Siren (indicating swimmers and surfers to clear the water) was in the process of being activated.

Shark Spotters and Law Enforcement officers have closed Muizenberg Beach and bathers and surfers along the False Bay coastline are urged to exercise caution.

The species of shark involved has been confirmed by the bite marks to have been a White Shark and eye-witness accounts suggest the shark to have been between 3 and 4 meters in length but the length of the shark cannot be confirmed pending further investigations.

Jim Abernathy, who runs the Florida-based dive company that Petty hired for the excursion, is well-known in the world of shark diving. The website describes him as a ‘controversial figure among the commercial shark-diving fraternity.’

We hate to add bits of information to the incidents here.

1. In the International Shark Attack File for 2014 attack summary this incident will not be listed as an attack, fatility.
2. The 2008 fatality on the same boat with the same captain where another diver was killed is currently not listed.
3. If we listen to 90 % of our shark experts out there. This couldn’t have been a shark the person alive or dead “Sharks do not like the taste of Humans”

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07/134/2014 – John Petty – Bahamas

Postby alb » Sun Jul 20, 2014 2:09 pm

Search ends for Texas doctor who disappeared while shark-diving in the Bahamas after search crews find dive gear near where he was last seen
63-year-old Doctor John Petty was last seen Sunday as he entered the water near Tiger Beach
Tiger Beach is a popular location for shark divers because of its large number of tiger sharks
Petty was part of an eight-person dive excursion but never surfaced with the other divers
On Wednesday, the Coast Guard said it discovered dive gear it believes to be Petty’s near where he was last seen alive
No body has been recovered

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The search for a well-liked Texas doctor who was reported missing after not surfacing following a shark-diving excursion in the Bahamas over the weekend has ended, the U.S. Coast Guard announced on Wednesday.

No body has been recovered, but search crews found dive and camera equipment they believe belonged to 63-year-old chiropractor John E. Petty, who also was an avid photographer.

Petty was part of a multi-day shark-diving excursion near Tiger Beach, a well-known spot for commercial shark-diving operations.

Disappeared: The search for Texas Doctor John Petty was called off Wednesday after search crews found dive gear near where he was last seen

Disappeared: The search for Texas Doctor John Petty was called off Wednesday after search crews found dive gear near where he was last seen
Eight other divers were part of the excursion, where the water is baited with chum to attract sharks, and divers enter the water without the safety of shark cages.

On Sunday, when the other members of the excursion surfaced after a dive, Petty wasn’t amongst them.

Shear Water, the 65-foot vessel used to transport divers to the dive site, issued a distress call to alert the Coast Guard that Petty was missing.

Coast Guard Petty Officer John-Paul Rios said Wednesday that a ‘substantial amount’ of dive gear had been found within the search area, but it could not be immediately confirmed that the gear belonged to the missing man.

Tiger Beach: Tiger Beach in the Bahamas is a popular location for shark-divers, who often get in the water without cages

‘The family would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming support and prayers on behalf of John Petty.

The U.S. Coast Guard has ceased its search as of 11:00 a.m., today,’ Petty’s family said in a statement given to KETK. ‘After the Bahamian Government studied the items recovered in numerous searches, it has been determined that a shark attack was the cause.

A memorial service is being planned and details will be posted later today. Thank you all again.’


Jim Abernathy, who runs the Florida-based dive company that Petty hired for the excursion, is well-known in the world of shark diving. The website describes him as a ‘controversial figure among the commercial shark-diving fraternity.’

‘Controversial’: Shark-diving professional Jim Abernathy was bitten by a shark during a 2011 dive

In 2008, a participant in one of Abernathy’s excursions was fatally attacked by a shark during a dive. In 2011, Abernathy himself was bitten by a shark. He survived after being airlifted to a Florida hospital.’s Patric Douglas describes Tiger Beach as ‘an ongoing lab experiment.’

‘Tiger Beach has been a long running experiment with large predatory sharks and a number of “firsts” for the cageless shark-diving industry,’ he writes on the website. ‘First to night dive with these sharks, first to hand-feed these animals, first to film a woman dressed as a mermaid with baited sharks, first to stand tigers on their noses for paying customers in a controversial shark interaction called “tonic shark.” There are few animal interaction boundaries that have not been explored at this remote and well-known shark site.’

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Shark Attack On Florida’s Akaloosa Island: Details Emerge Of 39-Year-Old Swimmer’s Ordeal

Shark Attack On Florida’s Akaloosa Island: Details Emerge Of 39-Year-Old Swimmer’s Ordeal
Shark Attack On Florida Island
The shark attack of an unidentified man on Florida’s Akaloosa Island is updated with details surrounding the event. As Inquisitr just reported, a man vacationing from Tennessee was bit on the foot by a shark Monday. More information on the attack are revealed in this article.

According to NFW Daily News, the man’s name is Terrell Moore from Pleasant View. Monday’s report initially stated that he had lacerations on his foot requiring stitches, and that he was fishing at the time of the attack. The latest report indicates Moore was with his wife and their 11-year-old son swimming about 75 yards from shore when he stopped at the sandbar. He suffered a broken foot and two deep puncture wounds while swimming. His wife, Melissa, tells the news source:

“He got on the second sandbar and was kind of standing up. All of the sudden, he went under a little bit and popped back up… he started swimming really fast.”

First responders believed Moore was bait-fishing with the two other fishermen seen at the sandbar. What had actually happened was he was seen standing near them, about 15-feet from where the family was swimming.

As a side note, NBC Los Angeles reports that a fishing ban on Mahattan Beach pier is being debated after a shark that was caught on a fishing line attacked a swimmer there on July 5.

George Burgess, curator of the International Shark Attack File, says:

“The fishermen are very attractive to sharks. Fishermen and bathers and surfers don’t mix.”

Burgess surmises:

“… Misinterpreting the moves of (Moore’s) foot for being the actions of a fish, possibly even a hooked fish.”

Burgess says this isn’t unusual:

“It’s your typical hit and run attack – grabs a human and then lets go. No Jaws music in the background.”

Moore recounts the shark as being about the size of his son. Burgess estimates from the bite that the shark was somewhat small — theorizing that it might have been from a backtip or spinner shark. Both are common species that feed off fish along Panhandle waters inland. He thinks a “tug of war” between the shark and Moore exasperated the situation.

“If you’re rotating your ankle around something that’s holding it, you can break some bones. If he hadn’t broken his foot, he might have gotten a stitch or two on his lacerations, and a good bar story.”

Moore’s wife is grateful his shark attack wasn’t worse.

“We’re happy everyone’s here and everyone’s safe.”

The family will finish out their vacation before heading home. On Tuesday, Moore was experiencing a lot of pain and is currently on crutches. Despite his shark attack, Moore knows there’s a risk to some degree going into areas where sharks lurk. He concludes:

“We’re going to stick it out. What are you going to do? You make the best of it.

“It happens, we’re in their territory. We understand that.”

Surfer unhurt after shark bites his surfboard off Oceano State Beach

Lifeguards are warning of a shark attack in the water off Pier Avenue in Oceano on Saturday morning and a shark sighting off the Pismo Beach pier.

A surfer was in the water sometime between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. at Oceano Dunes State Beach when the shark bit his board, Oceano Dunes District Superintendent Brent Marshal said.

The surfer was uninjured but the shark left teeth marks indicating it had an 11-inch in diameter jaw, which would be consistent with an animal about 8 feet long, Marshal said. Authorities don’t know what type of shark attacked.

Lifeguards have posted warning advising beach goers about the attack but are not telling swimmers to stay out of the water, he said.

Pismo Beach lifeguards got a report of a shark sighting in the water south of the Pismo pier at about 9 a.m., Cal Fire Battalion Chief Paul Lee said. Swimmers in Pismo Beach were advised of the situation but were not told to stay out of the water.

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