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List of all shark attacks in costa-rica

Fatal Attacks


Unprovoked Attacks


Total Attacks


There have been a total of 17 shark attacks in COSTA RICA. Out of those, 8 have unfortunately been fatal which brings the percentage of fatal attacks to 47.06%. 15 attacks came out of the blue while 2 have been provoked by humans.




Non Fatal

Manuelita 27-04-2018 10h40Tiger sharkScuba divingNo injury, shark bit scuba gearNO 30yo male
Manuelita 29-11-2017 Tiger shark, femaleScuba divingFATALYES 49yo Rohina Bhandari
Manuelita 29-11-2017 Tiger shark, femaleScuba DivingSerious injury to legNO 26yo __ Jimenez
Playa Grande 27-07-2015 SurfingMinor inuries to toesNO 47yo Thomas McCall
Playa Grande 18-06-2011 12h15SurfingFATALYES 15yo Kevin Moraga
03-02-2007 Shark involvement prior to death was not confirmedSwimmingDeath due to drowning. Shark bite may have been postmortemNO 36yo Jason Cash
Playa Tamarindo 02-01-2003 Bull shark, 7'SurfingLower right leg laceratedNO Ross Menking
Playa Grande 20-05-2002 Bull shark, 1.8 m to 2.1 m [6' to 7']SurfingToothmarks in board & his swim trunksNO Nick Wallace
Off Porto Limon Shark involvement prior to death unconfirmedAir disasterShark involvement prior to death was not confirmedNO
SwimmingRight leg severely lacerated. Surgically amputatedNO Lily Artavia
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