Sharks in Colombia

Colombia is the 3rd most diverse Latin American country regarding sharks, after Mexico and Brazil. There are around 76 species of sharks in Colombian waters, though most are not permanent residents and are migratory.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Colombia

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Bull Shark 7-12 feet Highly aggressive
Common Thresher Shark 12-18 feet Not aggressive
Dusky Shark 9 -12 feet Not aggressive (until provoked)
Galapagos Shark 9.8-12 feet Highly aggressive
Great Hammerhead Shark 15-20 feet Highly aggressive
Nurse Shark 7-8 feet Not aggressive
Oceanic Whitetip Shark 10-13 feet Highly 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
Smalltooth Sand Tiger Shark 12-14 feet Not aggressive
Tiger Shark 10-14 feet Highly aggressive
Whale Shark 18-32 feet Not aggressive



There have only been a handful of shark attacks throughout the country’s history, with most of these attacks being non-fatal.


Malpelo Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a famous shark diving destination. The government only allows one boat to this reservoir, home to hammerheads, silky sharks, and other species.

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