Indian Ocean | West Of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) | 300 nm from shore

Incident Details:

year: 1942
location: 300 nm from shore
area: West Of Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
country: Indian Ocean
fatality: non-fatal
species: unknown
victim:
gender: b
age: unknown
injury: Sharks were numerous & took corpses but made no attempts to harm the survivors.
time:
species detail:
source: V.M. Coppleson (1962) p.218
species: unknown shark
date: 5-Apr-42
activity: H.M.S. Cornwall & H.M.S.Dorsetshire sunk by Japanese dive bombers. Officers & men in the water formed a circle with 60 of their dead in the center for 36 hours

Reconstruction of the Shark Attack

In the year 1942 on the date reported as 5-Apr-42 - , a female aged unknown was H.M.S. Cornwall & H.M.S.Dorsetshire sunk by Japanese dive bombers. Officers & men in the water formed a circle with 60 of their dead in the center for 36 hours near 300 nm from shore. An unknown shark was reported to have attacked . The attack was non-fatal (Sharks were numerous & took corpses but made no attempts to harm the survivors.)