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Sharks of the Pacific Coast

White Shark Biosketch

Distribution and Diet of Pacific Coast White Sharks

Predatory Behavior of Pacific Coast White Sharks

Shark/Human Interactions Along the Pacific Coast

Pacific Coast
Shark Attack

Fatal Pacific Coast Shark Attacks
1900  —  Present

Shark Attacks Along the Pacific Coast - 2000 —

Shark Attacks Along the Pacific Coast - 1990s

Case Histories of Unprovoked White Shark Attacks:


White Shark Interactions with Inanimate Objects


Shark Encounters:

White Shark Encounters Along the Pacific Coast

Soupfin Shark Encounter

Reporting Forms:

  Shark Attack

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Authenticated Fatal Shark Attacks Along the
Pacific Coast 1900 - Present

From 1900 to the present there have been 180 authenticated unprovoked shark attacks reported from the Pacific Coast of North America. The breakdown by state is; Washington 1, Oregon 25, and California 154. There have been 13 fatal shark attacks reported from California over the past 60 years. The White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias, was either positively identified or highly suspect in all 13 fatalities. The White Shark was implicated in 139 (90%) of the 154 attacks reported from California.





7 Dec 1952

B. W.


Pt. Aulone, Pacific Grove, CA

28 Apr 1957

P. S.


Atascadero Beach, Morro Bay, CA

7 May 1959

A. K.


Baker Beach, CA

14 Jun 1959

R. P.


Alligator Head, La Jolla Cove, CA

19 Dec 1981

L. B.


South Moss Beach, Spanish Bay, CA

15 Sep 1984

O. C.


Pigeon Point, CA

26 Jan 1989

T. M.


Malibu/Paradise Cove, CA

9 Dec 1994

J. R.


Castle Rock, San Miguel Island, CA

19 Aug 2003

D. F.


Avila, CA                 

15 Aug 2004

R. F.


Ten Mile River Beach, Ft. Bragg, CA

25 Apr 2008 D. M. Swimming Fletcher Cove, Solana Beach, CA
22 Oct 2010 L. R. Boogie Brdg Surf Beach, Vandenberg AFB, CA
23 Oct 2012 F. S. Surfing Surf Beach, Vandenberg AFB, CA

* As noted in “Shark Attacks of the Twentieth Century” the forensic evidence and circumstances surrounding the death of Michelle Von Emster, April 15, 1994 do not support the conclusion that a shark, more specifically a White Shark, was responsible.

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