Costa Rica is a tropical paradise home to a wide range of diverse marine species. This naturally includes several shark species as well.
However, if you plan to travel to Costa Rica, this shouldn’t be a deal breaker. Sharks generally ignore humans as they are not part of their usual diet. Most bites occur due to mistaken identity, i.e., the shark mistakes the silhouette of a human on a surfboard for a seal when looking up.
Though the chances are low, if an aggressive species like a bull or tiger shark has been seen around a specific beach or reef, it would be best to avoid the area for a while.
List of the Different Types of Sharks in Costa Rica
|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|
|Cookiecutter Shark||1.5-3.5 feet||Not aggressive|
|Dusky Shark||9 -12 feet||Not aggressive (until provoked)|
|Galapagos Shark||9.8-12 ft||Highly aggressive|
|Great Hammerhead Shark||15-20 feet||Highly aggressive|
|Lemon Shark||9-10 feet||Not aggressive|
|Nurse Shark||7-8 feet||Not aggressive|
|Oceanic Whitetip Shark||10-13 feet||Highly aggressive|
|Sandbar Shark||5.5-8.5 feet||Not aggressive|
|Scalloped Hammerhead Shark||9-12 feet||Moderately aggressive|
|Silky Shark||7-10 feet||Highly aggressive|
|Silvertip Shark||6.6-9.8 feet||Moderately aggressive|
|Tiger Shark||10-14 feet||Highly aggressive|
|Whale Shark||18-32 feet||Not aggressive|
|Whitetip Reef Shark||3-5.5 feet||Moderately aggressive (only when provoked)|