Virgin Island Shark Attacks

The occurrence of Virgin Island shark attacks is so low that I'm always amazed when people ask me about it. In fact, they've been so rare that it's hard to even find reliable data on shark attacks in the Virgin Islands.

Unfortunately, it's just one of those things that people worry about needlessly.

Your real concern should be possible injury from the other forms of Virgin Islands sea life, like getting stuck by a sea urchin, or stung by fire coral or a jellyfish.

But if you're still concerned about sharks, let me put it this way. You're far more likely to be struck by lightning than you are to be attacked by a shark.

As a matter of fact, you're far more likely to be attacked by a donkey in the Virgin Islands than you are to be attacked by a shark. And I'll bet you never worry about being attacked by a donkey!

More dangerous than a shark?

As near as I can tell, there've been just four verified shark attacks in the Virgin Islands over the last 100 years! That averages out to one attack every twenty five years. Since the Virgin Islands get over a million visitors a year, by my calculations your odds of being attacked are about 25 million to one!

So, my opinion is, the odds of a shark attack are so remote that it's something you just shouldn't worry about.

Just watch out for the donkeys! They can bite, and they kick, too (really!) So keep your distance.

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