Shark attacks are more likely to occur in NSW but Western Australia still ranks number three in a list of recorded incidents over the past century.

SHARK ATTACKS OVER THE PAST 100 YEARS

The earliest recorded Australian shark attack was in 1791 on an indigenous female (fatal) on the NSW north coast.

* NSW – 203 attacks, 48 fatal, last fatality Byron Bay 2014

* QLD – 208 attacks, 67 fatal, last fatality Palm Island 2011

* WA – 88 attacks*, 19 fatal, last fatality Dawesville Cut 2014

* SA – 44 attacks, 17 fatal, last fatality Coffin Bay 2011

* VIC – 33 attacks, 4 fatal, last fatality Mornington Peninsula 1987

* TAS – 11 attacks, 2 fatal, last fatality Tenth Island 1993

* NT – 11 attacks, 2 fatal, last fatality Bathurst Island 1938

TOTAL – 599 cases, 159 fatal

*This list includes the attack on October 2 near Esperance in Western Australia

(Source: Taronga Conservation Society website, AAP news archive)