About the Shark Research Committee
Founded in 1963 as a 501 (c) 3, tax-exempt, non-profit scientific research organization, the Shark Research Committee's primary goal was to assist Leonard P. Schultz of the Smithsonian Institution and the Office of Naval Research in documenting shark attacks from the Pacific Coast of North America. This primary objective was later broadened to include shark conservation, in addition to conducting research on the general biology, behavior and ecology of the sharks indigenous to waters off the Pacific Coast, with particular emphasis on potentially dangerous species.
Early in this research, it was determined that the White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) was the species indicted for the majority of shark attacks recorded along the Pacific Coast of North America. As a consequence, a preponderance of the data gathered by the Shark Research Committee over the last five decades on shark/human interactions from the West Coast relates specifically to the White Shark. In fact, the White Shark is deemed responsible for, or highly suspect in, 87% of all recorded unprovoked shark attacks on humans that occurred off the Pacific Coast during the Twentieth Century.
Results from some of the Shark Research Committee's research on shark attacks along the Pacific Coast of North America have been published in scientific journals and a definitive new reference book, "Shark Attacks of the Twentieth Century - from the Pacific Coast of North America."
Web Site Updates
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Current and Ongoing Projects
Public Outreach Program
Sharks and their interactions with humans are notoriously difficult to study. The Shark Research Committee has long relied on the kindness and generosity of a great many interested persons who contributed shark specimens or information/photos/video detailing their shark attack, shark encounter(s), and observations of shark predation.
The Shark Research Committee is interested in establishing a network of interested volunteers willing to assist its various research programs along the Pacific Coast of North America. Such research assistants might include:
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and assisting with our research please contact Ralph S. Collier.