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Table 1 Reclassification of shark “attacks” applied to the NSW 2009 SMP Report

From: Science, policy, and the public discourse of shark “attack”: a proposal for reclassifying human–shark interactions

Recategorizations of Australian shark attacks (1900–2009) Proportion of incidents between 1900 and 2009 Proportion of incidents between 1959 and 2009 Proportion of incidents between 1979 and 2009
Sightings 1 (<1 %) 1 (<1 %) 1 (1 %)
Encounters 37 (19 %) 30 (29 %) 29 (38 %)
Bites 106 (53 %) 68 (65 %) 44 (57 %)
Fatal shark bites 56 (28 %) 6 (6 %) 3 (4 %)
Total 200 105 77