Map of fatal shark attacks in Australia highlights our area
MAPS don't usually inspire fear, although this one may, so study it at your own risk.
Published online by SBS, the map shows the number of fatal shark attacks in Australia between 1995 and 2015.
At first glance it shows a peppering of fatal attacks in or near our region, although a closer inspection reveals half of them occurred over the border in southern Queensland.
What the map does illustrate clearly is that Northern NSW and southeast Queensland are a hotspot for fatal attacks, in the league of the notorious white shark coasts of South Australia and Western Australia.
In terms of a concentration of fatal shark attacks, the stretch of coast is comparable to the Perth-Margaret River region, which saw six fatal attacks, the same number as recorded between Ballina and North Stradbroke island.
Nine of the 12 attacks across these two coastlines have been attributed to white sharks.
Also, ten of out of the 12 attacks have occurred in the last 10 years - including all the white shark attacks.
Both Northern NSW and Queensland recorded three fatal attacks each.
Interestingly, each of the three Queensland attacks were attributed to bull sharks, while all the North Coast attacks were attributed to white sharks.
Also, the Queensland attacks happened between 2002 and 2006 - perhaps explain why emotions are calmer over the border in relation to shark attacks.
While all three attacks in our region have occurred since 2008 - two in the last 12 months.
An interactive version of the map which allows you to scroll through different time periods within the 1995-2015 range is also available here: