Sharks in Curaçao

If you were planning to take a trip to Curaçao but were worried about a deep sea encounter of the shark kind, you probably have nothing to fear. Sharks are scarce in Curaçao and are often not encountered close to shore.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Curaçao

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Basking Shark 23-30 feet Not aggressive
Big Eye Thresher Shark 11-16 feet Not aggressive
Bigeyed Sixgill Shark 5-6 feet Not aggressive
Blacktip Shark 5-8 feet Moderately aggressive
Blue Shark 6-11 feet Not aggressive
Bluntnose Sixgill Shark 15-20 feet Moderately aggressive (rarely targets humans, reports of just one provoked attack)
Bonnethead Shark 4-5 feet Not aggressive
Bull Shark 7-12 feet Highly aggressive
Caribbean Reef Shark 8-9 feet Not 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
Shortfin Mako Shark 6.5-9.5 feet Highly aggressive
Silky Shark 7-10 feet Highly aggressive
Thresher Shark 10-18 feet Not aggressive
Tiger Shark 10-14 feet Highly aggressive
Whale Shark 18-32 feet Not aggressive

FAQs

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There was a single recorded shark attack in Curaçao back in 1939, which was non-fatal.

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Yes, there are places like Boca beach where one can go diving or snorkeling, but seeing a shark might be rare.

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