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List of all shark attacks in Puerto Rico

Fatal Attacks


Unprovoked Attacks


Total Attacks


There have been a total of 16 shark attacks in Puerto Rico. Out of those, 5 have unfortunately been fatal which brings the percentage of fatal attacks to 31.25%. 10 attacks came out of the blue while 6 have been provoked by humans.




Non Fatal

Hatillo Beach 29-09-2011 09h50No shark involvementSurfingLacerations to lower right legNO 27yo Rafael Colón Casanova
Quebradillas 07-02-2009 Air DisasterIt is probable that all 5 passengers died on impact. The body of one was scavenged by a sharkYES occupant of a Cessna 206
Aquadilla 10h30Floating in inner tubeFATAL. His brother speared a shark which then attacked Jose & severed his leg at knee. PROVOKED INCIDENTYES 13yo Jose Alengo
Santurce Late afternonBathingFATAL, hand severed, both legs & arms bitten & nearly severedYES 35yo Professor Winslow
San Juan SwimmingRight calf, right side of abdomen & left wrist & hand bittenNO 25yo Puerto Rican
Condado Beach, San Juan Laceration across abdomenNO Lawyer’s secretary
Mona Island, 40 miles west of the mainland 11h00Tiger shark, 1.5 m [5']Spearfishing, carrying fish on spearLeg lacerated & bone fracturedNO Juan Suarez Morales
Condado Beach, San Juan Right arm nearly severed at shoulder, left wrist laceratedNO American University student
San Juan BathingFATAL, hip & thigh bitten with tissue removed, including boneYES Katherine W. Bourne
Vieques NightFloatingLacerations to lower right leg and footNO 27yo Lydia Strunk
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