A brief history of shark attacks at Oregon beaches

There is no record of a fatal shark attack in Oregon

The sunset on October 10, 2016 seen from Indian Beach on the Oregon Coast. (KOIN)
The sunset on October 10, 2016 seen from Indian Beach on the Oregon Coast. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The shark attack on 29-year-old Joseph Tanner at Indian Beach on Monday afternoon may have come to a surprise to many Oregonians.

Shark attacks are rare on the Oregon Coast and the Pacific Coast in general. Since 2000, there have been 94 reported encounters on the Pacific Coast, only 8 of which happened in Oregon.

Shark attack databases show all recorded Oregon shark attacks were unprovoked by the surfers involved. There is no record of a fatal shark attack at an Oregon beach.

On September 27, 2010, then 29-year-old David Lowden was surfing when a white shark knocked him off his board at Winchester Bay. Barely a month later Seth Mead reported a shark attack by he was not injured.

In Tillamook in 2011, Doug Niblack told The Associated Press he found himself unintentionally riding on the back of a great white shark but he was not injured.

A white shark took a bite out of Bobby Gumm’s surfboard in October 2011 in Newport the same thing happened to Andrew Gardiner in 2013 at Gleneden Beach.

Experts say most attacks are cases of sharks mistaking a person for a sea lion, which at this time of year are more populous.