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List of all shark attacks in New Jersey

Fatal Attacks


Unprovoked Attacks


Total Attacks


There have been a total of 55 shark attacks in New Jersey. Out of those, 6 have unfortunately been fatal which brings the percentage of fatal attacks to 10.91%. 29 attacks came out of the blue while 26 have been provoked by humans.




Non Fatal

Ship Bottom, Ocean County 19-05-2019 Shark involvement unconfirmed but considered probableBody BoardingNo injuryNO 67yo Paul Sykes
Ventnor 22-07-2017 Sandtiger shark 2'Minor injury to handNO Isabella Smith
Bay Head, Ocean County 06-11-2013 AfternoonBody boardingNo injury, swim fin bittenNO 16yo Quinn Gates
Egg Harbor, Atlantic County 24-07-2011 NightWade FishingNo injury, shark bit bootNO Eric Aubrey
Adventure Aquarium, Camden 04-12-2009 13h00Sandtiger shark, 8'DivingLacerations & puncture wounds to right calf & ankle when diver accidentally backed into the shark PROVOKED INCIDENTNO 58yo Robert Large
Surf City, Long Beach Island, Ocean County 04-06-2005 11h00Mr. Burgess of ISAF announced the injury was the bite of a 1.8 m [6'], 2- to 3-year old white shark. Subsequent investigation revealed there was no shark involvement in this incidentSurfingDorsum of foot/ankle injured by surfboard skeg or other inanimate object.NO 17yo Ryan Horton
Ocean City, Cape May County 26-07-1980 15h00Body surfingBack bittenNO 15yo Jeff Moffat
Sandy Hook, Monmouth County 20-10-1975 11h30Shark involvement unconfirmedSurf fishing"Tooth marks" in left legNO
Matawan Creek, 10 miles from the sea, Monmouth County 3 m [10'] sharkSwimming (recovering remains of Stilwell)FATAL, thigh bittenYES 24yo Stanley Fisher
10 miles offshore from Sea Isle City, Cape May County 250-lb "dog shark"FishingKnee bitten by boated shark PROVOKED INCIDENTNO 32yo Antonio Fonzzo
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