Sharks in El Salvador

There are at least nine known shark species living in the waters of El Salvador. The most notable shark-related incident was when a great white shark was suspected of killing two anglers and a surfer in 1993.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in El Salvador

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Big Eye Thresher Shark 11-16 feet Not aggressive
Common Thresher Shark 12-18 feet Not aggressive
Great Hammerhead Shark 15-20 feet Highly aggressive
Oceanic Whitetip Shark 5-8 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
Whale Shark 18-32 feet Not aggressive



There have been four recorded shark attacks in El Salvador’s history, the most recent ones perpetrated by a great white shark all the way back in 1993.


Yes, it is even possible to interact with hammerhead sharks underwater in El Salvador.

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