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List of all shark attacks in US Virgin Islands

Fatal Attacks


Unprovoked Attacks


Total Attacks


There have been a total of 5 shark attacks in US Virgin Islands. Out of those, 3 have unfortunately been fatal which brings the percentage of fatal attacks to 60.00%. 4 attacks came out of the blue while 1 have been provoked by humans.




Non Fatal

Buck Island 15-08-2008 Dusk8' bull shark or Caribbean reef sharkTreading waterSevere lacerations to left footNO 38yo Elizabeth Riggs
St. Croix, Cane Bay 13-10-1972 Oceanic whitetip shark x 2Scuba divingFATAL, body not recoveredYES Rodney Temple
Water Island Nurse shark, 1.5 m [5']Spearfishing on ScubaChest bitten by speared shark PROVOKED INCIDENTNO 18yo U.S. Navy U.D.T. Diver trainee, Ronald Gerringer
St. John, Genti Bay SwimmingFATALYES 46yo Clide Osborne
St. Thomas, Magens Bay 19-04-1963 13h50Hand found in gut of 2.9 m to 3.3 m [9'7" to 10'11"] Galapagos shark, C. galapagensisSwimmingFATAL, hand severed, shoulder, hip, foot, thigh bitten & femoral artery severedYES 25yo Naval Lt. (jg) John Gibson
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