Sharks in Chile

Chile’s waters are not home to a wide variety of sharks. However, several shark species are endemic to Chile, including the appropriately named Chilean angelshark and catshark. Other species seen around the country are the bluntnose sixgill shark, the humpback smoothhound, and the narrowmouthed catshark.

Most of these species congregate around the part of Chile that falls under the Patagonian region.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Chile

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Bluntnose Sixgill Shark 15-20 feet Moderately aggressive (rarely targets humans, reports of just one provoked attack)
Chilean Angelshark 3.4-3.5 feet Not aggressive
Chilean Catshark 0.98-2.16 feet Not aggressive
Great White Shark 11-16 feet Highly aggressive
Humpback Smooth-hound 2.8-2.83 feet Not aggressive
Narrowmouthed Catshark 2.2-3 feet Not aggressive

FAQs

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There have been seven unprovoked shark attacks in Chile, four of which were fatal. The most recent one was in 1994, 300 miles east of Easter Island.

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Yes, there are spots where one can go diving with sharks.

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While very rare, great whites are sometimes seen off the coast of Chile while migrating. However, several paleo nurseries have been discovered that were potentially used by great whites in older eras when the waters were warmer.

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