The Australian Shark-Incident Database for quantifying temporal and spatial patterns of shark-human conflict

Madeline Riley, Phoebe Meagher, Charlie Huveneers, Jacob Leto, Victor M. Peddemors, David Slip, John West, Corey J.A. Bradshaw

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Abstract

We describe the Australian Shark-Incident Database, formerly known as the Australian Shark-Attack File, which contains comprehensive reports of 1,196 shark bites that have occurred in Australia over 231 years (1791–2022). Data were collated by the Taronga Conservation Society Australia using purpose-designed questionnaires provided to shark-bite victims or witnesses, media reports, and information provided by the department responsible for fisheries in each Australian state (including the Northern Territory). The dataset includes provoked and unprovoked bites from fresh, brackish, and marine waters in Australia. Data span 22 suspected shark species. This dataset will be publicly available, and can be used by analysts to decipher environmental, biological, and social patterns of shark bites in Australia. The information will aid scientists, conservationists, authorities, and members of the public to make informed decisions when implementing or selecting mitigation measures.

Original languageEnglish
Article number378
Number of pages9
JournalScientific Data
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2022

Keywords

  • Animal behaviour
  • Behavioural ecology
  • Environmental social sciences

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