Sharks in Cyprus

Cyprus is a country that relies heavily on the income brought by tourists. So before going on vacation, some people like to check whether or not they can go swimming safely without having to worry about sharks.

Common sharks in Cyprus include the basking, blue, and thresher sharks.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Cyprus

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Angel Shark 4-7 feet Moderately aggressive
Angular Roughshark 3.3-4.9 feet Not aggressive
Australian Angelshark 4-5 feet Not aggressive
Basking Shark 23-30 feet Not aggressive
Bigeyed Sixgill Shark 5-6 feet Not aggressive
Blackmouth Catshark 2-2.2 feet Not aggressive
Blackspotted Smooth-hound 1.6-3 feet Not aggressive
Blue Shark 6-11 feet Not aggressive
Bluntnose Six-gill Shark 15-20 feet Moderately aggressive (rarely targets humans, reports of just one provoked attack)
Bramble Shark 9.2-10 feet Not aggressive
Common Smooth-hound Shark 3-4 feet Not aggressive
Common Thresher Shark 12-18 feet Not aggressive
Gulper Shark 2.5-3 feet Not aggressive
Kitefin Shark 3-5 feet Not aggressive
Little Gulper Shark 2.6-3.6 feet Not aggressive
Little Sleeper Shark 4.6-4.7 feet Not aggressive
Longnose Spurdog 3-3.3 feet Not aggressive
Milk Shark 3.6-3.7 feet Not aggressive
Portuguese Dogfish 3-3.3 feet Not aggressive
Sandbar Shark 5.5-8.5 feet Not aggressive
Sawback Angelshark 4.2-6.7 feet Not aggressive
School Shark 6-7 feet Not aggressive
Sharpnose Sevengill Shark 2-4.6 feet Moderately aggressive
Shortfin Mako Shark 6.5-9.5 feet Highly aggressive
Small-spotted Catshark 1.5-3 feet Not aggressive
Smalleye Hammerhead Shark 3.9–4.9 feet Not aggressive
Smalltooth Sand Tiger Shark 12-14 feet Not aggressive
Smoothback Angelshark 5.2-5.24 feet Not aggressive
Spinner Shark 7 -8 feet Not aggressive
Starry Smooth-hound 4-4.7 feet Not aggressive
Velvet Belly Lanternshark 1-2 feet Not aggressive

FAQs

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There has been no record of a great white swimming around Cyprus.

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The famous Blue Lagoon is home to sharks, but they have yet to be seen close to beaches.

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While sharks live in the areas where the resorts are located, they tend to avoid the more densely populated areas and beaches.

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The sharks tend to be in deeper waters and mostly avoid areas close to Paphos.

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The only shark attack recorded in the history of Cyprus was on 23rd September 1901. A male teenager was bitten on his hands, chest, and feet, leading to his death.

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While there are places to go snorkeling and diving, there aren’t too many options if you want to get up close to sharks.

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