Sharks in Barbados

Sharks are rare in Barbados compared to the rest of the Caribbean. Most shark encounters occur offshore, far away from civilian beaches. Some of the sharks seen around Barbados are the whale shark, the blue shark, and several species of reef sharks.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Barbados

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Blacktip Reef Shark 3-4 feet Moderately aggressive (if provoked)
Blue Shark 6-11 feet Not aggressive
Bull Shark 7-12 feet Highly aggressive
Caribbean Reef Shark 8-9 feet Not aggressive
Cuban Dogfish 2.5-3.6 feet Not aggressive
Great Hammerhead 15-20 feet Highly aggressive
Nurse Shark 18-32 feet Not aggressive
Oceanic Whitetip Shark 10-13 feet Highly aggressive
Scalloped Hammerhead Shark 9-12 feet Moderately aggressive
Smooth Hammerhead Shark 8-12 feet Not aggressive (but are potentially dangerous)
Shortfin Mako Shark 6.5-9.5 feet Highly aggressive
Silky Shark 7-10 feet Highly aggressive
Tiger Shark 10-14 feet Highly aggressive
Whale Shark 18-32 feet Not aggressive



There have only been four shark attacks in the history of the country.


No, there aren’t any options to go swimming with sharks.


No, great white sharks haven’t been seen around Barbados.

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