Sharks in Croatia

The largest body of water closest to Croatia is the Adriatic Sea, which is home to several species of sharks. Out of them, the ones that threaten humans are the shortfin mako and the great white. However, these species are only encountered in deep waters and rarely closer to the beaches where people go swimming.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Croatia

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Angel Shark 4-7 feet Moderately aggressive
Basking Shark 23-30 feet Not aggressive
Blue Shark 6-11 feet Not aggressive
Common Thresher Shark 12-18 feet Not aggressive
Great White Shark 11-16 feet Highly aggressive
Porbeagle Shark 6-12 feet Not aggressive
School Shark 6-7 feet Not aggressive
Shortfin Mako Shark 6.5-9.5 feet Highly aggressive
Small-spotted Catshark 1.5-3 feet Not aggressive
Smooth Hammerhead Shark 8-12 feet Not aggressive (but are potentially dangerous)
Spiny Dogfish 2.5-3.5 feet Not aggressive (due to their small size)
Starry Smooth-hound 4-4.7 feet Not aggressive



Over the last 120 years, there have been only 15 fatalities attributed to sharks. The most recent one – a spearfishing incident – was in 2008 and non-fatal.


Great whites are uncommon, with only 12 sightings occurring in the Adriatic and Mediterranean Seas. In 1974, a German tourist was attacked by a great white and succumbed to his wounds.

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