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List of all shark attacks in Sicily

Fatal Attacks


Unprovoked Attacks


Total Attacks


There have been a total of 7 shark attacks in Sicily. Out of those, 1 have unfortunately been fatal which brings the percentage of fatal attacks to 14.29%. 3 attacks came out of the blue while 4 have been provoked by humans.




Non Fatal

Off Capo San Croce, near Augusta (Catania) Shark involvement prior to death was not confirmedOn December 28, 1908, an earthquake, followed by tsunamis, destroyed coastal towns in Silcily and southern Italy, killing more than 100,000 people3 unidentified bodies recovered (male, female & young girl) from gut of female 4.5 m [14'9"] white shark caught in fishing net. They may have drowned in tidal wave following earthquakeNO
Catania White shark, 4 m [13']Fishing on a boatNo injury to occupantsNO
Punta Secca 16h003 m to 3.6 m [10' to 11'9"] white sharkSnorkelingContusion of left footNO 13yo Neil Montoya
Stretto di Messina 31-05-1967 White shark, 4 to 5 m [13' to 16.5']Fishing boatNo injury to occupants, harpooned shark sank boat PROVOKED INCIDENTNO
Off Mondello Lighthouse 15-11-1963 SpearfishingNo injuryNO 28yo Dr. Salito
Stretto di Messina 31-12-1880 White sharksFishing on a boatNon-FatalNO male
Strait of Messina 05-04-1738 SwimmingFATALYES male
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