Shark species identification
There are over 370 shark species in the world, approximately 140 of which are found in Australian waters. Of all of these species, only a handful pose a potential threat to people swimming, diving, fishing and surfing in the marine environment.
In fact, nearly all attacks in Australian coastal waters have been attributed to just three species:
The last fatal shark attack in Victoria was in 1987 and was thought to involve a great white shark.
This guide provides an overview of sharks, including those most likely to pose a threat to humans.