“A Shark bite is only one of many possible endings to a Shark Attack”
“An UNPROVOKED Shark Attack is only one of many types of Shark Attack”

When you see the words Unprovoked or Bite associated with Shark Attacks, someone is trying to hide shark dangers you may face should you enter the water. In most cases, the word unprovoked equals the number of incidents shared with the public. Any other type of Shark Attack is kept a secret from the public.

11/26/1991 - Martha Morrell - Hawaii - *** Fatal ***

Shark Attacks that happened in the years 1990 to 1999.
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11/26/1991 - Martha Morrell - Hawaii - *** Fatal ***

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LOUISE SOURISSEAU was snorkeling with her friend Martha Morrell on the Hawaiian island of Maui when Sourisseau felt the rough skin of a tiger shark dragging across her calf. Sourisseau watched in horror as the 10-foot-long shark swam past her and repeatedly attacked her friend, biting off both her legs and an arm. Morrell, the 42-year-old wife of a plantation owner, died instantly on that November day in 1991.

Snorkeling with a female companion at 9 A.M. near reef edge in partly
cloudy water 10-15 ft deep about 100 yards from shore and.50 yards
from the end of an old pier next to the victim's beachfront home. An 8-
to I1-ft shark passed by the companion and proceeded to attack the
victim, initially on the right arm. A small boat was used to recover the
body a short time later. Amputations included the victim's right leg at
the hip joint, the left leg sheared through the femoral neck, the right
forearm, as well as numerous bites and tissue loss elsewhere.
Snorkeling comp.lnion to Martha J. Morrell. Abrasion to right calf
when la rge shark rubbed against her in association with fatal attack on
Mrs. MorreU. After the initial attack on Mrs. Morrell, the shark, estimated
to be 8-11 ft, swam slowly under Louise Sourisseau who assumed a
motionless position floating on her b..1Ck. When first seen before the
attack, the shark was coming from a seaward direction. No other
Significant marine life was observed in the vicinity before or after the

A simple explanation of the word unprovoked is chosen to be shared. Each year shark attack researchers choose certain shark attacks they share with the public. The ISAF website states, “All of the data publically available on the ISAF website is from unprovoked incidents.” Ocean users, beware that the ISAF has 6800 incidents on file, with only 3292, or 47%, being chosen to be shared with the public. In 2019 they chose 45%, and in 2020 they only chose 44% of the investigated incidents.
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