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List of all shark attacks in sri-lanka

Fatal Attacks


Unprovoked Attacks


Total Attacks


There have been a total of 14 shark attacks in SRI LANKA. Out of those, 2 have unfortunately been fatal which brings the percentage of fatal attacks to 14.29%. 11 attacks came out of the blue while 3 have been provoked by humans.




Non Fatal

Pasikudha 25-12-2004 No shark involvementSwept out to sea by the tsunami, she clung to a log for 24 hoursNo injuryNO 11yo Sylvia Lucas
Colombo Harbor Spearfishing / freedivingSwim fins badly torn by the shark's teethNO Hiran Wickremartne
Colombo Harbor Shark involvement prior to death was not confirmedFishingFATAL, but shark involvement not confirmedNO F. L. Fernando
Dodnduwa Whtietip reef sharkSpearfishingNo injury, but shark damaged one of his swim finsNO Langston Pereira
Pigeon Island Blacktail reef sharkSpearfishingNo injuryNO Trevor Ferdinands
She was on a ship that was torpedoes & was in the water awaiting rescueLeg severely bittenNO A W.R.E.N.
Heda Oya Estuary Possibly a lemon sharkShark fishingButtock removedNO Aboobaker
Manayaweli Cove, Trincomalee Blacktip reef sharkCollecting ornamental fishNo injury, beat off shark with his collecting netNO Rodney Jonklass
Mannar 31-12-1900 Fishing?Foot bittenNO male
Colombo Harbor 23-01-1898 01h00SwimmingFATALYES 2 U.S. Marines
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