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List of all shark attacks in Northern Territory

Fatal Attacks


Unprovoked Attacks


Total Attacks


There have been a total of 25 shark attacks in Northern Territory. Out of those, 3 have unfortunately been fatal which brings the percentage of fatal attacks to 12.00%. 14 attacks came out of the blue while 11 have been provoked by humans.




Non Fatal

Nightcliff Jetty, Darwin 27-09-2019 Afternoon1+ m sharkFishingHooked shark bit his leg. PROVOKED INCIDENTNO 45yo Jamie Hall
Off Nhulunbuy 17-11-2018 Before 10h00Reef shark x 2SpearfishingSevere lacerations to left arm and right legNO 17yo Sean Whitcombe
Darwin 11-10-2008 reef shark, 1.8mFishingRight leg injured by hook and hooked shark PROVOKED INCIDENTNO 50yo Geoff Johnson
Near Croker Island 14-09-2008 14h30Bronze whaler sharkSwimmingRight hand lacerated by netted shark PROVOKED INCIDENTNO 43yo Quentin Gorrell
Bremer Island 15-04-2005 2 m [6.75'] copper sharkSpearfishingMinor cuts above his right eyeNO 20yo Clayton Deane
Nhulunbuy 25-07-2003 Surf skiingNo injury, flung into water when shark bit rudder of skiNO 37yo Martin Gunda
Darwin 06-05-2002 Fishing from prawn trawlerNetted shark injured his am & 6 fingers PROVOKED INCIDENTNO 20yo Richard Morris
Gulf of Carpenteria 02-01-1999 Shark involvement not confirmedFishingCut foot, but injury caused by fishing line, not the sharkNO 37yo Donna Turcotte
Gove Peninsula near Darwin 02-12-1989 Tiger shark, 2mNo details, "recovering in Darwin Hospital"NO 17yo Ryan Johnson
Edith Falls 28-10-1989 SwimmingPuncture marks to right calfNO 31yo Christine Kaesler
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