Connecticut doesn’t have too many shark species, just four of them frequenting the coastline regularly, none of which are dangerous. The bull shark is one of the rare residents of CT infamous for its unprovoked and provoked attacks on humans.
Great whites generally do not make the Connecticut waters their home. Yet, they might have been spotted there because of their migratory pattern, as evident from recent sightings. In 2019, OCEARCH tagged Cabot weighing 533 pounds with a height of around 10 feet along the Long Island Sound area.
List of the Different Types of Sharks in Connecticut
|Sand Tiger Shark||7-10 feet||Not aggressive (due to their small mouths)|
|Sandbar Shark||5.5-8.5 feet||Not aggressive|
|Smooth Dogfish||4-5 feet||Not aggressive (due to their blunt teeth)|
|Spiny Dogfish||2.5-3.5 feet||Not aggressive (due to their small size)|
|Common Thresher Shark||12-18 feet||Not aggressive|
|Bull Shark||7-12 feet||Highly aggressive|
|Dusky Shark||9 -12 feet||Not aggressive (until provoked)|