“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.

02/15/2018 - Adam Hoare - Australia

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02/15/2018 - Adam Hoare - Australia

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After a swim in the shallows with his two children (Matthew, age 6, and April,
Adam Hoare with his daughter,
April. Photo by Adam McLean
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reproduced in any form without written permission of the Global Shark Accident File.
age 3), Adam Hoare sent them in to the shore and stayed in the water on his own. He went
under two waves and was returning to the beach when he was whacked from behind by a
shark in “whitewashy and sandy” water. “I was just walking backwards watching the waves
come in and going ‘oh, wow, look at all the tuna’ and it [the shark] just came in like that
[from the back side],” he said. “I reckon it was just going straight for the tuna,” he said. “It
hasn’t actually bitten me, it’s just swum into me. It felt like I was hit with a sledgehammer in
the leg.” Mr Hoare was knocked off his feet and landed on the shark. “It was like falling on a
slippery rock, it was that solid. It just sort of went underneath me and [it was] gone,” he said.
“That was it ... in two or three seconds it was over.” He was adamant the shark didn’t bite
him, despite sustaining five puncture wounds. “If it was trying to bite me I’d have no leg left,
put it that way,” he said. “There was no crunch, there was no bite. It was just a total freak
accident – in the way at the wrong time.

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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