Historical Shark Attacks In Miami Beach

Miami Beach in Florida is a popular spot known for its sunny shores and clear blue waters.

It has white sandy beaches and swaying palm trees, offering a beautiful natural setting.

While the waters are home to sharks like blacktop and spinner sharks, they are mostly harmless.

Visitors should be cautious when swimming, especially during feeding times.

Despite this, Miami Beach is a favorite destination for all ages, with beachfront cafés and resorts, diverse marine life, and water sports activities.

Whether you want to relax in the sun or explore the beach, Miami Beach promises memorable experiences.

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Understanding our data at Miami Beach

In our comprehensive overview of miami beach, the data presented in this article is compiled from a variety of public sources, providing a consolidated view of shark encounters by beach.

As you explore the data, it is important to note that while we have organized the information by specific beaches, neighboring beaches may also have their own detailed posts.

We encourage you to utilize the search function on our website to discover unique posts that may pertain to nearby locations.

Given the unpredictable and often chaotic circumstances surrounding shark attacks, some of the details within our tables have been inferred post-incident.

This is a common practice in the documentation of such events, due to factors like the rapid response required at the scene and the retrospective nature of assembling such data.

Our aim is to offer a resource that not only informs but also enhances awareness and safety practices for all who venture into the marine environment.

As you navigate through the information, we hope it serves as a reminder of the respect and caution that our florida beaches command.

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Recorded Attack #1

AreaFlorida
LocationMiami, Miami-Dade County
Date1957-01-01
Year1957
TypeUnprovoked
CountryUsa
ActivityHelmet Diving In Miami Seaquarium
NameJim Kline
SexM
AgeN/A
InjuryShark Struck Helmet, No Injury
FatalN
TimeN/A
SpeciesBull Shark

Recorded Attack #2

AreaFlorida
LocationMiami Beach, Miami-Dade County
Date1956-07-17
Year1956
TypeUnprovoked
CountryUsa
ActivityWading
NameEleanor Nelson
SexF
Age38
InjuryLacerations To Legs
FatalN
Time18H00
SpeciesN/A
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Recorded Attack #3

AreaFlorida
LocationMiami Beach, Miami-Dade County
Date1933-04-10
Year1933
TypeUnprovoked
CountryUsa
ActivitySwimming
NameThomas N. Martin
SexM
Age24.0
InjuryFatal
FatalY
TimeN/A
SpeciesPossibly A Bull Shark Or Tiger Shark

Recorded Attack #4

AreaFlorida
LocationMiami, Dade County
Date2003-12-26
Year2003
TypeInvalid
CountryUsa
ActivitySwimming
NameRichard Hansell
SexM
Age28.0
InjuryKnee Lacerated
FatalUnknown
TimeN/A
SpeciesQuestionable Incident
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Recorded Attack #5

AreaFlorida
LocationMiami
Date2011-05-10
Year2011
TypeProvoked
CountryUsa
ActivityFishing
NameBrian Storch
SexM
AgeN/A
InjuryLaceration To Arm By Captive Shark Provoked Incident
FatalN
TimeN/A
SpeciesSandbar Shark, 8'

Recorded Attack #6

AreaFlorida
LocationSouth Miami Beach, Dade County
Date1991-07-07
Year1991
TypeUnprovoked
CountryUsa
ActivitySwimming
NameJorge Garcia
SexM
Age22
InjuryArm Bitten
FatalN
Time18H45
SpeciesN/A
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Recorded Attack #7

AreaFlorida
Location1 Mile Off Miami Beach
Date1958-04-30
Year1958
TypeProvoked
CountryUsa
ActivityFree Diving
NameJohnny Bower
SexM
Age29.0
InjuryGrabbed Shark’S Tail, Shark Bit His Thigh Provoked Incident
FatalN
TimeN/A
SpeciesNurse Shark, 1.5 M [5']

Recorded Attack #8

AreaFlorida
LocationMiami Beach, Dade County
Date1994-04-03
Year1994
TypeUnprovoked
CountryUsa
ActivityFreediving For Seashells
NameRaul Tozo
SexM
Age71
InjuryLeft Shoulder Lacerated
FatalN
Time15H00
SpeciesN/A
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Recorded Attack #9

AreaFlorida
LocationMiami Beach, Miami-Dade County
Date2021-03-21
Year2021
TypeUnprovoked
CountryUsa
ActivityBody Surfing
NameJay Weiskopf
SexM
Age9.0
InjuryLeft Shoulder Bitten
FatalN
Time14H00
SpeciesN/A

Recorded Attack #10

AreaFlorida
LocationOff 12Th Street, Miami Beach
Date1983-06-29
Year1983
TypeUnprovoked
CountryUsa
ActivitySwimming
NameHoward Rosen
SexM
Age42
InjuryLeft Foot Bitten
FatalN
Time11H00
SpeciesN/A
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Recorded Attack #11

AreaFlorida
LocationMiami Seaquarium, Virginia Key, Miami, Miami-Dade County
Date1957-08-01
Year1957
TypeProvoked
CountryUsa
ActivityAttempting To Net Shark In Shark Channel
NamePhilip Case & William B. Gray
SexM
AgeN/A
InjuryLegs Bitten Provoked Incident
FatalN
TimeN/A
Species2.7 M [9'] Bull Shark, Identified By Capt. W. Gray

Recorded Attack #12

AreaFlorida
LocationMiami Beach
Date2013-10-19
Year2013
TypeUnprovoked
CountryUsa
ActivityWading
NameLogan Hamby
SexM
Age6
InjuryBitten On Left Calf & Foot
FatalN
TimeLate Afternoon
SpeciesNurse Shark?
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Recorded Attack #13

AreaFlorida
LocationMiami Beach, Miami-Dade County
Date2020-10-07
Year2020
TypeUnprovoked
CountryUsa
ActivityBody Surfing
NameMark Bowden
SexM
Age31.0
InjuryLaceration To Lower Leg
FatalN
TimeAfternoon
SpeciesBlacktip Shark

Recorded Attack #14

AreaFlorida
LocationMiami
Date1959-03-01
Year1959
TypeWatercraft
CountryUsa
ActivityOn Boat, Preparing To Dive
NameR.P. Straughan
SexM
AgeN/A
InjuryBoat Followed Shark; Shark Holed Boat
FatalN
TimeN/A
SpeciesTiger Shark 4.3 M [14']
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Recorded Attack #15

AreaFlorida
LocationMiami, Miami-Date County
Date1936-03-30
Year1936
TypeProvoked
CountryUsa
ActivityFishing
NameBill Samsoe
SexM
AgeN/A
InjuryNo Injury. His Hand Entangled In Line Of Hooked Shark. He Was Pulled Overboard & Towed 150' Provoked Incident
FatalN
TimeN/A
Species650-Lb Shark

Recorded Attack #16

AreaFlorida
LocationMiami Beach, Miami-Dade County
Date1925-01-27
Year1925
TypeUnprovoked
CountryUsa
ActivitySwimming
NameFrank Chorie
SexM
AgeN/A
InjuryLacerations To Arm
FatalN
TimeN/A
SpeciesN/A
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Check Out Some Of Our Other Shark Attack Posts

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