“A Shark bite is only one of many possible endings to a Shark Attack”
“An UNPROVOKED Shark Attack is only one of many types of Shark Attack”

When you see the words Unprovoked or Bite associated with Shark Attacks, someone is trying to hide shark dangers you may face should you enter the water. In most cases, the word unprovoked equals the number of incidents shared with the public. Any other type of Shark Attack is kept a secret from the public.

08/04/2012 - Téophane Tauiratea - FRENCH POLYNESIA

Recent 2012 Shark Attacks and 2012 Shark Attack Related Incidents
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08/04/2012 - Téophane Tauiratea - FRENCH POLYNESIA

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We are still looking for information on this incident and the 40 or so other incidents from the French Polynesia area that have gone un-reported.
25 of them were the result of shark feeding divers so we will probably never get all the info.

Tuamotu. If this is the first attack in a dive, this is not the first time a lemon shark attacks a human
being in Polynesia. August 4, Téophane, spearfishing, was severely bitten in the shoulder by a
shark, lemon, Kaukura, the Tuamotus. That day, after speared two fish in muddy water, he saw a
gray shark that revolves around him. Téophane shoots an arrow in his direction to scare them away.
But while he is busy rearming his gun, he is surprised by a huge lemon shark with a length of 2.5 to
3 meters. Bitten on the shoulder, the fisherman loses his mask and a palm. He finds it difficult to
return to the boat, swimming with his one good arm. Fortunately, the shark is not returned to the
Generally not aggressive, the size of a lemon shark (two to three meters) makes it potentially
dangerous to humans. Shark attacks are rare in Polynesia, and if there are, they are not necessarily
reported to the press. However, no attack was dead today.
With Dispatch Tahiti

Tuamotu group Kaukura Atoll
Shoulder bitten
2.5m to 3m lemon shark
A. Brenneka Shark Attack Survivors; Les Nouvelles calédoniennes 9/6/2012
A simple explanation of the word unprovoked is chosen to be shared. Each year shark attack researchers choose certain shark attacks they share with the public. The ISAF website states, “All of the data publically available on the ISAF website is from unprovoked incidents.” Ocean users, beware that the ISAF has 6800 incidents on file, with only 3292, or 47%, being chosen to be shared with the public. In 2019 they chose 45%, and in 2020 they only chose 44% of the investigated incidents.
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