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International Shark Attack File
The Department of Ichthyology at the Florida Museum of Natural History administers the International Shark Attack File (ISAF), a compilation of all known shark attacks. More than 3,200 individual investigations are currently housed in the File, covering the period from mid-1500's to present. Users can access maps, graphs and statistics on worldwide shark attacks, great white attack and attacks on divers. The ISAF also provides information on the relative risk of shark attacks, how to reduce the risk of shark attacks and how, where and when shark attacks typically happen. This is a useful site for users interested in finding comprehensive information regarding worldwide shark attacks.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Case study
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Dataset:
    • In-situ
  • Biology
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Biological oceanography
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 by Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida. All rights reserved. All media are for nonprofit, educational, and personal use of students, scholars and the public. Any commercial use or publication by printed or electronic media is strictly prohibited without the express written permission of the museum.
DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-STARTINGPOINT-000-000-000-113
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Principal Investigator: George H. Burgess
Florida Program for Shark Research, International Shark Attack File

Principal Investigator: James S. Albert
Florida Museum of Natural History

Principal Investigator: Robert H. Robins
Florida Museum of Natural History