Google Maps has a new comprehensive map of where you're most likely to become a Shark snack in NZ

Fisherman, swimmers and surfers beware.
8 June 2018 3:41PM

If you're thinking of braving the water for a winter swim or surf, look away.

A chilling map of New Zealand shark attacks shows where you're most likely to be bitten. It uses records dating back to the early 1800s to show the areas with the most attacks and fatalities.

According to Te Ara, the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, there have been 12 people killed by sharks in New Zealand since records began.

The last fatal attack was in 2013 at Muriwai Beach. Adam Strange died after being attacked by a shark witnesses said was about 4m long. It's believed the attack was most likely carried out by a great white.

"This map shows the locations of recorded shark attacks in New Zealand," Te Ara says.

"The cluster around Auckland is to be expected because of the area's dense population and the popularity of swimming in its warm waters.

"The cluster of attacks around the less densely populated and cooler Dunedin-Otago region may indicate more dangerous species in that region."

The Shark Attack Data website records 125 attacks in New Zealand - however this includes incidents such as sharks roughly bumping into people.

One of those bumped into was Paul Baird at Nelson's Tahunanui Beach in 2010. He was left with bruises after being investigated by what was believed to be a blue shark.

"It really felt like I'd been hit by a small car," Mr Baird told the Nelson Mail.

Shark expert Clinton Duffy says it's typical for blue sharks to nudge prey before biting.

Check out more on this story and how to avoid shark attacks here.