Do you Understand what an Unprovoked Shark Attack is?

This information was assembled trying to explain to my fellow shark attacks survivors why their shark attacks were not being listed or counted in any statistics?

Most of the time in the marine biological circle “Unprovoked Shark Attacks” are defined as incidents where an attack on a live human occurs in the shark’s natural habitat with no human provocation of the shark.


At our new sister site we have explained the two types of shark attacks.

First the unprovoked shark attacks used for the biological study of certain shark attacks.

Second all the shark attacks that are of no use for the biological study of sharks, but extremely important for ocean users.

Please follow the link below to one of our sister sites SHARKATTACKS.NET


As shark attack survivors we know you need to know about any sharky activity when entering the oceans.

Randall Jordan Guilty of breaking Florida Shark Feeding Law

Shark Cowboy Randall Jordan Guilty of breaking Florida Fish Feeding Law.

Guilty on all three counts.
– No jail time. 12 months probation.
– Total $1,500 fines.
– Must pay court costs $1,800.
– Community service.
– Investigation costs to be determined later.

The investigation costs share could be high. the State Attorney said during sentencing that they wanted to hurt Jordan in the pocket book which was his motivation for doing this shark feeding activity.

Feeding sharks to make a buck is not conservation. Commodifying predators and/or entrainment of sharks is not conservation. It is animal abuse.

We ask divers to boycott boats, captains, instructors, divers and businesses that break Florida law by feeding or baiting fish for amusement and to avoid shark education awareness scams, etc. Report violations of law to the FWC by calling the Wildlife Alert hotline at 1-888-404-3922. You can also text or email Tip@MyFWC.com.


Finned Sand Tiger Shark that survived a Human Attack

She is a fully finned female sand tiger that survived and all wounds are healed. Angler did not tag her because her girth made them believe she was carrying pups and to release asap. She was caught in Ocean City, MD in a spot 36 others were caught(no they were not finned) in the past month and a half, so shes cycling normal imo. She swam like a snake and was strong enough to knock angler over and break off swimming into surf.

-Caught 1\2 mile off Ocean City Inlet

-She was 91 inches from nose to what was left of      lower caudal, 84 inches from nose to where caudal starts, estimated she would have been 100 inches if 3\4 of her caudal wasn’t gone.
-She was very “girthie” thought to have pups
-She swam like a snake. 3rd wave hit gills, he felt her pulsate and she exploded to right almost knocking him over.
– All wounds fully healed and he felt they were over a year old.
-Estimated at 300lbs
-He caught 36 total in same spot the past month and a half.
-His bait shop in Ocean City claimed its a normal occurrence with sandtigers in the area, when he showed them photos. They are caught yearly in that condition.

I believe this is the first ever documented full finning survivor. I do believe this might be species specific due to sand tigers gulping or holding air.




Photo Credits: E.L. Jehl.

Information Credits: Melissa Michaelson

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Shark Attacks That Happened August 15

Here are the historical accounts of shark attacks that happened on August 15

Date Name Sex Age Time Country Area Location Activity Injury Species Sp_Length
1 15-Aug-2012 tourist from Germany M 31 USA Alabama Gulf Shores Wading or swimming Lacerations to leg
2 15-Aug-2011 Rudy Varney M 7 USA South Carolina Myrtle Beach – 4th Avenue North beach access Playing Abrasions to left hand
3 15-Aug-2007 Andrea Lynch F 20 Night USA Florida Sarasota Bay Floating near boat Many severe punctures wounds on Torso Bull 72
4 15-Aug-2006 Richard Whitaker M South Africa Western Cape Province Danger Reef Surfing No Injury 180
5 15-Aug-2004 Randy Fry M 50 16h00 USA California Kibesillah Mendocino County Diving Fatal – White 204
6 15-Aug-2000 Jean Alain Goenvec M 53 11h50 USA Hawaii Kanaha Beach Maui Windsurfing Left calf lacerated Tiger 156
7 15-Aug-1998 Kevin Paffrath M 28 16h30 Bahamas Ambergris Cay Spearfishing Calf bitten Caribbean 56
8 15-Aug-1997 Mike Jonatis M 28 Mexico Quintana Roo Santa Rosa Cozumel Scuba Diving Fatal – arm & leg severed Tiger 204
9 15-Aug-1997 Mac Lupold M 33 Mexico Quintana Roo Santa Rosa Cozumel Scuba Diving Fatal –
10 15-Aug-1995 James Oatley M 20 08h30 USA Florida Daytona Beach Volusia County Wading Thigh lacerated 72
11 15-Aug-1993 21 m sportfishing vessel Seabiscuit. Occupants: Captain Louie Abbott & 2 dozen anglers 11h30 USA California Between Santa Cruz Island and Santa Barbara No injury to occupants; shark circled boat repeatedly then rammed the vessel 3 time White 216
12 15-Aug-1993 Petra Rijoes F 19 10h00 USA North Carolina Pamlico Sound Raft Severe lacerations to abdomen & thighs Bull
13 15-Aug-1993 5.4 m boat Australia Western Australia Off Rottnest Island Fishing No injury to occupants. Shark struck boat lifting the outboard motor White 240
14 15-Aug-1987 Craig Rogers M 40 07h30 USA California Tunitas Beach San Mateo County Surfing Fingers & surfboard injured White 216
15 15-Aug-1983 Jill Redenbaugh F 14 USA Virginia Virginia Beach Princess Anne County Swimming Foot bitten Sand
16 15-Aug-1973 boy M 17 USA Virginia False Cape Shelling Elbow bitten Blacktip 66
17 15-Aug-1967 Sue Ferguson F 19 16h00 BERMUDA Floating Foot abraded & lacerated
18 15-Aug-1959 Gary Seymour M 21 USA Florida Panama City, Bay County Diving No Injury
19 15-Aug-1959 Lt. James C. Neal M 26 USA Florida Panama City, Bay County Scuba Diving Fatal – disappeared dive gear & clothing found with teethmarks presumed taken by a shark 144
20 15-Aug-1956 Jose Luis Nufize Lago M 13 USA Puerto Rico North coast Skin diving Fatal –
21 15-Aug-1956 Douglas Clarke M 10 16h30 USA California Pismo Beach Swimming Lacerated thigh hand & shoulder White 108
22 15-Aug-1899 Delano Wood M 15 USA Florida Trout River, Panama Park Swimming Fatal – 120