About the Shark Research Committee

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Pacific Coast
Shark News

Sharks of the Pacific Coast

White Shark Biosketch

Distribution and Diet of Pacific Coast White Sharks

Predatory Behavior of Pacific Coast White Sharks

Shark/Human Interactions Along the Pacific Coast

Pacific Coast
Shark Attack

Fatal Pacific Coast Shark Attacks
1900  —  Present

Shark Attacks Along the Pacific Coast - 2000 —

Shark Attacks Along the Pacific Coast - 1990s

Case Histories of Unprovoked White Shark Attacks:


White Shark Interactions with Inanimate Objects


Shark Encounters:

White Shark Encounters Along the Pacific Coast

Soupfin Shark Encounter

Reporting Forms:

  Shark Attack

  Shark Encounter

  Shark Predation

Shark Web Sites:

Recommended Links

Shark Encounter Form



Date of Encounter    

First Name  

Last Name 



State  Zip



Date of Birth 



                  Weight    Sex  Male        Female 
Longitude   Latitude 
Activity at time of encounter       
Experience level at this activity      Novice        Accomplished     Expert 

Describe type and color of equipment used in this activity

Body fully clothed?   Yes    No  Color of exposed skin   

Type and color of clothing    

Number of sharks observed Identified by  

 Description of shark:


Location of encounter 
Describe ocean floor at encounter location  

Weather conditions  
Sea conditions

Water depth at encounter location  Time of day 
Water visibility 
Water Temperature Air Temperature  Estimated    Taken 

Length of time in water prior to encounter
Kelp present at encounter location Yes   No 
Amount and location of kelp 
Were marine mammals present at enounter location Yes   No 

If yes, location and number of mammals:


Collecting of marine animals prior to encounter   Yes   No 

Type of animals and method of collection:


Describe in detail your movements prior to, during, and following the encounter.  Include the shark's behavior, swimming movements, and persistence.


I understand that upon submission of this form I will have donated the above data to Ralph S. Collier and/or the Shark Research Committee for their ongoing white shark research projects including white shark/human interactions from the Pacific Coast of North America.  I voluntarily donate this information to further our knowledge of the white shark and its interactions with humans.

First Name  

Last Name 



State  Zip




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