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List of all shark attacks in Massachusetts

Fatal Attacks


Unprovoked Attacks


Total Attacks


There have been a total of 16 shark attacks in Massachusetts. Out of those, 4 have unfortunately been fatal which brings the percentage of fatal attacks to 25.00%. 9 attacks came out of the blue while 7 have been provoked by humans.




Non Fatal

Marconi Beach, Wellfleet, Barnstable County 22-08-2017 10h00White shark, 5' to 7'SUPNot injured by shark but board bittenNO 69yo Cleveland Bigelow
Menauhant Beach, Falmouth, Barnstable County 02-08-2017 23h304' sharkFishingFoot bitten by landed shark PROVOKED INCIDENTNO 34yo male
Off Gloucester, Essec County 06-07-2016 10h00dogfish sharkFishingFin of hooked shark injured fisherman's forearm. . PROVOKED INCIDENTNO 59yo Roger Brissom
Manomet Point, Plymouth, Plymouth County 02-09-2014 18h00White shark, 12' to 14'KayakingNo injury, shark bit kayakNO 20syo Ida Parker & Kristen Orr
Ballston Beach, Truro, Cape Cod 29-07-2012 15h30Thought to involve a white sharkBody surfingLacerations to both legs below the kneesNO 50yo Chris Myers
Chatham Island 20-07-2001 Mako shark, 14'FishingNo Injury to occupants; shark bumped the boatNO boat, occupants: Joseph Fitzback & 6 passengers
Truro (Cape Cod), Barnstable County 20-07-1996 6' sharkSwimmingLacerations to left leg & right footNO 46yo James Orlowski
Hollywood Beach, just above Mattapoisett Harbor, Buzzards Bay 15h30White shark (identified by Dr. Hugh Smith)Swimming crawl strokeFATAL, finger severed, thigh bitten He died during the surgical amputation of his legYES 16yo Joseph Troy, Jr
40 miles south of Nantucket 21-08-1969 FishingLeg bitten by netted shark PROVOKED INCIDENTNO 28yo Robert Eleniefsky
Granite Pier, Rockport 03-02-1965 14h301.2 m [4'] sharkScuba divingPunctures on left thighNO 18yo Ronald R. Powell
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