Sharks in China

There are several species of sharks in the subtropical and tropical seas, with 77.4% of them living in the South China Sea. Common species include bamboo sharks, hammerheads, and thresher sharks.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in China

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Basking Shark 23-30 feet Not aggressive
Big Eye Thresher Shark 11-16 feet Not aggressive
Brownbanded Bamboo Shark 3.3-3.41 feet Not aggressive
Common Thresher Shark 12-18 feet Not aggressive
Great Hammerhead Shark 15-20 feet Highly aggressive
Great White Shark 11-16 feet Highly aggressive
Hasselt’s Bamboo Shark 1.96-1.97 feet Not aggressive
Longfin Mako Shark 12-14 feet Highly aggressive
Milk Shark 3.6-3.7 feet Not aggressive
Oceanic Whitetip Shark 10-13 feet Highly Aggressive
Pelagic Thresher Shark 13-18 feet Not aggressive
Scalloped Hammerhead Shark 9-12 feet Moderately aggressive
Shortfin Mako Shark 6.5-9.5 feet Highly aggressive
Smooth Hammerhead Shark 8-12 feet Not aggressive (but are potentially dangerous)
Snaggletooth Shark 7.8-7.9 feet Not aggressive
Spiny Dogfish 2.5-3.5 feet Not aggressive
Whale Shark 18-32 feet Not aggressive
White Spotted Bamboo Shark 2-3 feet Not aggressive
Whitetip Reef Shark 3-5.5 feet Moderately aggressive (only when provoked)



Yes, there are great white sharks around China.


There have been several attacks attributed to sharks in Chinese waters.

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