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List of all shark attacks in KwaZulu-Natal

Fatal Attacks


Unprovoked Attacks


Total Attacks


There have been a total of 215 shark attacks in KwaZulu-Natal. Out of those, 48 have unfortunately been fatal which brings the percentage of fatal attacks to 22.33%. 144 attacks came out of the blue while 71 have been provoked by humans.




Non Fatal

Mtunzini 01-02-2019 FishingNo injury to occupants, shark bit pontoon causing it to deflate.NO 2 males
Tinley Manor 10-11-2018 MorningWhite shark, 3mFishingSurf-ski bitten but no injury to occupantNO 41yo Bryon Machado
Durban 23-02-2018 Blacktip sharkScuba DivingThe shark & man simply collided; neither were injuredNO 38yo Elton Polly
Protea Banks 11-04-2017 Shark involvement prior to death not confirmedScuba DivingFatal, coroner unable to determine if the diver was alive or had drowned when incident took place.NO 68yo Leopold Mairhuber
Eastmoor Crescent Beach 05-02-2017 Tiger sharkKayak fishingShark damaged kayak, no injury to occupantNO Murray Van Wyk
28-01-2016 Kayak fishingNo injury, shark capsized kayakNO Dev De Lange
Westbrook Beach 25-12-2015 MorningWhite shark, 3 mKayak FishingNo injury, kayak damagedNO Occupant: Grant Wardell
Durban 27-12-2014 MorningShark involvement not confirmed & highly unlikelySwimmingMinor cuts on feetNO 5 people claimed to have been injured by a "baby" shark
Between Sodwana & Cape Vidal 06-12-2011 Shark involvement not confirmedSurf skiingNo injury, ski damagedNO Richard Kohler
uShaka Aquarium, Durban 28-10-2011 Raggedtooth sharkDivingArm bitten by captive shark PROVOKED INCIDENTNO
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