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List of all shark attacks in Delaware

Fatal Attacks


Unprovoked Attacks


Total Attacks


There have been a total of 7 shark attacks in Delaware. Out of those, none have thankfully been fatal. 3 attacks came out of the blue while 4 have been provoked by humans.




Non Fatal

Cape Henlopen State Park, Sussex County 08-06-2014 17h00Sandbar shark, 3' to 4'StandingAbrasion to right hand, lacerations to left forearmNO 16yo Andrew Vance
Indian River Inlet, Rehoboth Beach 19-08-2007 19h45Sandtiger sharkFishingForearm bitten by hooked shark PROVOKED INCIDENTNO male
Dewey Beach 22-07-1980 Afternoon4' to 8' sharkStandingNo injury, shark bit her bathing suitNO 22yo Phyllis Riley
Fenwick Island 31-07-1966 17h00InvalidSpearfishing on ScubaNo attack, no injury, shark took speared fish & approached diver closelyNO 26yo Charles T. Henderson
Mispillion Light, Delaware Bay 03-08-1960 2.4 m [8'] sharkFishing, Struck by another shark when removing shark from lineHand laceratedNO 46yo Russell Saylor
Delaware Lightship 15-07-1911 FishingHooked shark bit his leg, knee to ankle PROVOKED INCIDENTNO Martin Berg
Lewes, Sussex County 03-09-1909 5' sharkSeine nettingAbrasion to leg from netted shark PROVOKED INCIDENTNO Walter Beach
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