oa South African Journal of Science - Shark attacks on the South African coast between 1960 and 1990

Volume 87, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0038-2353
  • E-ISSN: 1996-7489



A total of 103 incidents was recorded in the South African Shark Attack File between 1960 and 1990. Of the victims 41% were swimmers, 41% board riders and 17% divers. Initially, most victims were swimmers on the Natal coast; more recently they were board riders and divers in Cape waters. Improved treatment techniques reduced the number of fatalities. In Natal carcharhinid sharks, in particular the bull shark Carcharhinus leucas, were responsible for most of the incidents, which occurred in turbid water in summer. The presence of protective gill nets at many Natal beaches greatly reduced the number of attacks along this coast. There was a higher incidence of serious injury in Natal than in the Cape, where great white sharks Carcharodon carcharias were responsible for many of the incidents. Attacks in the Cape were spread throughout the year.

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