Not-Unprovoked Shark Attacks

The Not-Unprovoked Shark Attacks are the shark attacks that for some reason did not meet one or more of the long list of guidelines required to make it an Unprovoked Shark Attack.

Stakeholders, shark researchers, government officials, tourism officials, user groups, social media, shark conservation movements all love the Not-Unprovoked Shark Attacks. These Shark Attacks don’t get recorded as an Unprovoked Shark Attack. So they never show up in any statistics, shark researchers never reference them and many of them fade away as never happening.

We are going to show you a small sampling of a few shark attacks that are Not-Unprovoked Shark Attacks.

From here on each Heading will take you to one of our sister sites which has pages and pages on each Shark Attack, viewable on any device.

The Shark Research Injuries

I am awoken by panic-stricken screams. “Doc has been bit, Doc has been bit.” Dr. Gruber has been bitten badly on the hand by a subadult lemon shark while trying to free the hook from its mouth.


Any attack or bite while researching sharks by shark researchers are not-investigated which makes them not-unprovoked.

Boating Accidents

The plane was unable to put down on water, however, and its occupants could only look on in helpless horror at the scene unfolding beneath them. The swimmers, passengers on a sinking people-smuggling ship bound for Puerto Rico, were under siege by dozens of sharks. “In one instance we saw a shark literally throw someone in the air and then attack the person,” recalled one of the witnesses, Eugenio Cabral, the Dominican Republic’s director of civil defense. “It was just unbearable not being able to do anything for them.” As more of the swimmers were devoured, the blue waters around them turned red.

There might be a couple of single person attacks investigated each year, but most are Not-Investigated automatically because they will never be an Unprovoked Shark Attacks and at times there are just too many people involved.


PORT ST JOHNS lifeguard Sibulele Masiza, 24, who went missing while bodysurfing off Second Beach at the weekend, was almost certainly the victim of a tiger shark.

“Judging by the circumstances of his disappearance and the flipper that was torn, it can only have been a tiger shark attack,” said Geremy Cliff, spokesperson for the Natal Sharks Board.

Masiza’s torn flipper was washed up onto the beach soon after he disappeared on Sunday afternoon.

Cliff said the fine serration on Masiza’s flipper could only have been caused by the cockscomb-shaped teeth of a tiger shark, which differed from other sharks such as great whites or Zambezis.

There was no Unprovoked Shark Attack according to the guidelines of the large file, but I beleive the Natal Shark Board guidelines listed this case as a Unprovoked Shark Attack Fatilaty.


South Africa shark attack

There might be a couple of Unprovoked Shark Attacks Fatalities where a body was not recovered on record, but many people wittnessed the consumption of the person. (Lloyd Skinner)


Military Personnel

02/11/2009 Navy Diver Paul Degelder ( Australia )

A Navy Diver attacked while on duty. Everything was documented he nor anyone else did anything to provoke the attack. The Australian Shark Attack File has him listed as an Unprovoked Shark Attack. He Lost an Arm and Leg.

We set everything the same as we did from the Australian Shark Attack File into The New Unprovoked Shark Attack Interactive Map

The year is set 2008 – 2009.

The Shark Species – Bull

Location -anywhere in SE Australia in 2008 – 2009

According to The New Unprovoked Shark Attack Interactive Map, there is no Unprovoked Shark Attack by a Bull shark anywhere in SE Australia in 2008 – 2009.

The large file does NOT INVESTIGATE shark attacks on military personnel that occurred while the person was on duty.

They do a pretty good job of trying to get most of us to forget all the military personnel that have been injured, killed, or consumed by sharks in the past. 

If Military personnel was investigated there would thousands upon ten of thousands more shark attacks added that would never become Unprovoked Shark Attacks anyway even though none of the military personal provoked the sharks.

Speros and those Harvesting Resources 

Rodney Fox 1963

Everyone has seen the picture of Rodney Fox after his attack.



Under the guidelines Speros makes the shark attack a Not-Unprovoked Shark Attack. At one time Rodney’s attack was used in statistics, but then he got kicked out.

Boat Attacks – Vessels

In 2013 Hawaii had 2 shark attack deaths but the map only displays one unprovoked shark attack fatality

Jana Litteropp shark attack passed all the guidelines and confirmation procedures.

08/14/2013 – Jana Litteropp – Hawaii *** Fatal *** Unprovoked Shark Attack


12/02/2013 – Patrick Briney – Hawaii – *** Fatal *** Not-Unprovoked Shark Attacks.

Patrick Briney did something any of us might do. Rents a Kayak puts a fishing rod in it and paddles around a little. Stops to take a rest put his feet in the water and may or may not have put a small lure in the water to catch small 6″ baitfish . Shark grabs his leg and kills him right there.  

He was in a kayak, a kayak is considered a vessel and he was fishing for little tiny fish.

Under Unprovoked Shark Attack guidelines, this is a Not-Unprovoked shark attack on a vessel (Boat Attacks), not the human. The shark attack is a Not-Unprovoked Shark Attack Fatality. 


Scavaged / Killed – A Total Mess

09/12/2009 Richard A. Snead (North Carolina) ***Fatal***

As you read Richards information you will totally get confused and possibly see things that took place to protect the stakeholders in North Carolina.

The medical examiner found tissue at bite locations that confirmed his heart was beating when he was attacked.

The new guideline to keep this a Not-unprovoked shark attack was when the shark grabbed Richard it pulled him to the bottom and he drowned “accidental drowning”, not a shark attack or the few seconds after he stopped breathing, but his heart was still beating the shark scavenged his not breathing, but heart beating dead body.

The map below shows all the 2009 Shark Attacks Fatalities and where they are located, nothing for North Carolina.


Fatal Shark Attack – Puff Gone!

Missing Paperwork

1994/04/06 Scott Curatolo-Wagemann – Bahamas


Scott worked very hard to get his attack confirmed as an Unprovoked shark attack, but he could never get the large file to confirm it was a unprovoked shark attack.

If he flew to the little treatment area, found the doctor, found all the records and pictures, got a doctors statement, he might get his shark attack confirmed to be an unprovoked shark attack.

Actions of Others

08/27/2017 – Violet Jalil – Florida

You do not have to violate the Unprovoked Shark Attacks Guidelines. Any human in the area that may have caused a shark to come closer to the victim makes the Shark Attack Not-Unprovoked.

This is a three-year-old girl playing in a foot of water at a place called Bathtub Beach Park, but someone may have speared a fish and walked to shore with the fish. This makes this a Not-Unprovoked Shark Attack and now there was never an Unprovoked Shark Attack at this location.

This allows the tourism industry if ever asked about a shark attack can say they never had one at this location and if questioned about this attack. The answer will usually be they caused the shark to bite that little girl.

We have combined the Unprovoked and Not-Unprovoked incidents where people died in 2008. See the Results

Unprovoked and Not-Unprovoked Fatal Shark Attacks