Sharks in Belize

Belize is home to several shark species. The appropriately named “Shark Ray Alley” is home to the docile nurse shark, while Gladden Spit is visited by whale sharks regularly during the full moon.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Belize

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Blacktip Shark 5-8 feet Moderately aggressive
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
Scalloped Hammerhead Shark 9-12 feet Moderately aggressive
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



Shark attacks rarely occur in Belize.


At one point, the nurse shark was at high risk, but now it is protected.


Yes, there are several options to interact with sharks underwater.


While rare, tiger sharks sometimes show up in Belize.


The Caribbean reef shark is commonly seen in Belize’s Great Blue Hole. Other sharks occasionally seen are bull sharks and hammerheads.

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