Sharks in Mississippi

Mississippi has over 15 shark species including some of the big ones like the nurse and hammerhead sharks and smaller species such as the Atlantic sharpnose and blacknose sharks.  Shark attacks aren’t that common in Mississippi, with just three incidents recorded by the International Shark Attack File, all of which are unprovoked. The first two attacks in 1879, and 1906 were fatal. However, in the third one in 1960, the victim did not succumb to injuries.

Sharks in Mississippi

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Mississippi

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Atlantic Sharpnose Shark 2-4 feet Moderately aggressive
Blacknose Shark 3-5 feet Not aggressive
Blacktip Shark 5-8 feet Moderately aggressive
Sandbar Shark 5.5-8.5 feet Not aggressive
Silky Shark 7-10 feet Highly aggressive
Dusky Shark 9 -12 feet Not aggressive (until provoked)
Bull Shark 7-12 feet Highly aggressive
Shortfin Mako 6.5-9.5 feet Highly aggressive
Tiger Shark 10-14 feet Highly aggressive
Nurse Shark 18-32 feet Not aggressive
Gulper Shark 2.5-3 feet Not aggressive
Gulf Smooth-hound 3.5-4.5 feet Not aggressive
Bonnethead Shark 4-5 feet Not aggressive
Scalloped Hammerhead 9-12 feet Moderately aggressive
Great Hammerhead 15-20 feet Highly aggressive
Spinner Shark 7-8 feet Not aggressive



There have been no sightings of great whites in the state.

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