There are several species of sharks in the Red Sea – the largest saltwater body adjoining the country of Egypt. While attacks are rare, there have been instances where sharks have attacked humans, most notably the Sharm El Sheikh shark attacks that took place in 2010.
However, humans are not the sharks’ intended prey. The creatures have started swimming closer to shore due to dwindling amounts of food thanks to overfishing. Also, unscrupulous dive operators will bait sharks for tourists causing the sharks to assume the divers as a source of food for short periods, leading to attacks.
List of the Different Types of Sharks in Egypt
|Blacktip Reef Shark||3-4 feet||Moderately aggressive (if provoked)|
|Bull Shark||7-12 feet||Highly aggressive|
|Gray Reef Shark||4-5 feet||Highly aggressive|
|Oceanic Whitetip Shark||10-13 feet||Highly Aggressive|
|Sand Tiger Shark||7-10 feet||Not aggressive (due to their small mouths)|
|Scalloped Hammerhead||9-12 feet||Moderately aggressive|
|Silky Shark||7-10 feet||Highly aggressive|
|Silvertip Shark||6.6-9.8 feet||Moderately aggressive|
|Shortfin Mako Shark||6.5-9.5 feet||Highly 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)|
|Zebra Shark||8.2-11 feet||Not aggressive|