Sharks in Bahamas

The Bahamas is home to several species of sharks. Notably, Cat Island plays host to the world’s largest aggregation of oceanic whitetip sharks. Besides that, other common sharks seen include the nurse shark, the tiger shark, and certain hammerhead and reef sharks.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in the Bahamas

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Bull Shark 7-12 feet Highly aggressive
Caribbean Reef Shark 8-9 feet Not aggressive
Great Hammerhead Shark 15-20 feet Highly aggressive
Lemon Shark 9-10 feet Not aggressive
Nurse Shark 7-8 feet Not aggressive
Oceanic Whitetip Shark 10-13 feet Highly aggressive
Silky Shark 7-10 feet Highly aggressive
Tiger Shark 10-14 feet Highly aggressive
Whale Shark 18-32 feet Not aggressive



Yes, there have been shark attacks in the Bahamas though they have been infrequent. The most recent one was by a bull shark which attacked a 58-year-old during a snorkeling incident.


Some of the sharks are protected in a sanctuary to keep them from going extinct.


Yes, shark diving and snorkeling occur in the Bahamas in places like Nassau. The tiger shark is a popular choice for tourists.


No, great white sharks do not live in the area around the Bahamas.


Yes, diving with whale sharks is quite common in the Bahamas.

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