Great White Shark Attacks Mediterranean

Great White Shark Attack Mediterranean - great white shark in the surf

Not many know that there are great white sharks in the Mediterranean, let alone how many great white shark attacks there have been on people in the Mediterranean. Whilst it is very uncommon for shark attacks to occur in the Mediterranean, they do occasionally happen.

There have been 20 known great white shark attacks in the Mediterranean Sea region, 11 of which were in Italy, four in Greece, two in Malta, two in France and one in Spain. Of these 20 great white shark attacks in the Mediterranean, 12 have been fatal and all shark attacks were unprovoked attacks.

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The following table includes a list of all recorded great white shark attacks in the Mediterranean Sea region. These shark attacks also include great white shark attacks in smaller seas off the Mediterranean Sea too, like the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Ligurian Sea and the Adriatic Sea around Italy, where most great white sharks attacks have occurred.

There have been other shark attacks in the Mediterranean Sea by unknown shark species, but as these are unknown, they have been excluded from the table.

The exception is the attack by a 6.4 metre (21 foot) fatal shark attack in Attica, Greece. I have included this shark attack, as due to the size of the recorded shark attack, it is likely to have been a great white shark.

Great White Shark Attack Data Mediterranean - List of shark attacks in Mediterranean

Place in MediterraneanCountryDateFatal/Non-FatalActivitySpecies and sizeProvoked/Unprovoked
Shark attack at Antibes in Côte d'Azur, FranceFrance01/01/1700Not fatalBathingGreat white shark, unknown sizeUnprovoked
Shark attack at Ponte della Maddelena, in Sardinia, ItalyItaly01/06/1721FatalSwimmingWhite shark, 1,600lb femaleUnprovoked
Shark attack at Trieste in Adriatic Sea, ItalyItaly01/09/1868FatalUnknownWhite shark , unknown sizeUnprovoked
Shark attack at Marsaskala in Harare Province, MaltaMalta07/03/1907FatalFishing6 metre great white sharkUnprovoked
Shark attack at Isla Cabrera in Balearics, SpainSpain01/01/1912FatalFell into the water
Great white shark, unknow sizeUnprovoked
Shark attack at Varazze in Golfo di Genova in the Ligurian Sea, ItalyItaly23/07/1926FatalSwimming6-7 metre (20-23 foot) great white sharkUnprovoked
Shark attack at Keratsini in Attica, GreeceGreece22/09/1948FatalSwimming6.4 metre (21 foot) shark, species not identified, but size would indicate a great white sharkUnprovoked
Shark attack at Off Royal Residence in Corfu Island, GreeceGreece17/08/1951FatalSwimmingGreat white shark, unknown sizeUnprovoked
Shark attack at Kérkira in Corfu Island, GreeceGreece01/01/1956FatalSwimming off yachtGreat white shark, unknown sizeUnprovoked
Shark attack at Marsascala in St. Thomas Bay, MaltaMalta20/07/1956FatalSwimmingGreat white shark, unknown sizeUnprovoked
Shark attack at 1.5 miles south of San Felice Circeo in Tyrrenian Sea, ItalyItaly01/9/1956Not fatalScuba diving13'10", 1320lb female great white sharkUnprovoked
Shark attack at Riccione in Adriatic Sea, ItalyItaly01/07/1961Not fatalSpearfishing4.5 metre great white sharkUnprovoked
Shark attack at Circeo, Secca del Faro in Tyrrhenian Sea, ItalyItaly01/08/1962Not fatalDivingWhite shark, unknow size.Unprovoked
Shark attack at Circeo, Secca del Quadro in Tyrrhenian Sea, ItalyItaly02/09/1962FatalSpearfishing with Scuba gear
Great white shark, unknown sizeUnprovoked
Shark attack at near Trikerion Island in Thessaly, GreeceGreece01/06/1963FatalSwimming3 metre great white sharkUnprovoked
Shark attack at Location unknown in Antibes, FranceFrance01/01/1972Not fatalSwimmingGreat white shark, unknown sizeUnprovoked
Shark attack at Capo d'Anzio in Tyrrhenian Sea, ItalyItaly16/09/1978Not fatalDiving5 metre (15.5' foot) great white sharkUnprovoked
Shark attack at Punta Secca in Sicily, ItalyItaly01/07/1985Not fatalSnorkelling3-3.6 metre (10' to 11.9 foot) great white sharkUnprovoked
Shark attack at Golfo di Baratti, near Piombino (Tuscany) in Tyrrhenian Sea, ItalyItaly02/02/1989FatalScuba diving, but swimming on surface
6 metre (20 foot) great white sharkUnprovoked
Shark attack at Marinella, between Punta Blanca & Marine del Carrara in Tuscany, ItalyItaly06/06/1989Not fatalWindsurfing (urinating on his board)3 metre (10 foot) great white sharkUnprovoked
The great white shark attack data for the Mediterranean was obtained from http://www.sharkattackdata.com/
Although the seas are not always listed as the Mediterranean Sea as such, they are seas within the Mediterranean area, for example, Tyrrhenian Sea, the Ligurian Sea and the Adriatic Sea.

When was the last great white shark attack in the Mediterranean?

The last known great white shark attack in the Mediterranean was in June 1989 in Italy. This was a non-fatal attack by a 3 metre (10 foot) great white shark between Punta Blanca & Marine del Carrara in Tuscany, Italy.

It is likely there are no further recorded great white shark attacks in the Mediterranean since 1989 due to the reducing numbers of white sharks. Great white sharks in the Mediterranean have been in decline for a number of years. The exact numbers are unknown, but it is thought their numbers are very low, and white sharks in the Med may even become extinct.

You may be interested to read other places where great white sharks can be found, some places were a big surprise to me: Where Do You Find Great White Sharks (A Few Big Surprises!).

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Great White Shark Attacks Mediterranean

Article written by Russell Bowyer who has been a scuba diver since diving on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia in 1989. After his first dive he trained as a BSAC diver in the UK. He attained his Diver Leader certification with BSAC. He then went on to become a scuba diving instructor, teaching others how to dive and was voted as Diving Officer and Treasurer for the Saffron Walden BSAC club too. Russell has dived all over the world, including the UK, on liveaboards in the Red Sea, the Caribbean, South Africa and the USA. Russell is experienced in all dive types, including drift diving, deep dives that involved decompression stops and recreational dives too.

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