Sharks in Finland

There are 18 sharks in Finnish waters, though only two species are seen on a regular basis. The most common sharks include the porbeagle shark and the spiny dogfish. Other species that swim throughout the Baltic Sea include the large basking shark, the speedy blue shark, and the ferocious oceanic whitetip shark.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Finland

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Angel Shark 4-7 feet Moderately aggressive
Angular Roughshark 3.3-4.9 feet Not aggressive
Basking Shark 23-30 feet Not aggressive
Blackmouth Catshark 2-2.2 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 Thresher Shark 12-18 feet Not aggressive
Greenland Shark 7.9–14.1 feet Not aggressive
Nursehound Shark 4.3-5.2 feet Not aggressive
Oceanic Whitetip Shark 10-13 feet Highly Aggressive
Porbeagle Shark 6-12 feet Not aggressive
School Shark 6-7 feet Not aggressive
Small Spotted Catshark 2.5-3 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
Velvet Belly Lanternshark 1-2 feet Not aggressive



There is a vague record of an attack, but the information surrounding the attack is quite vague. However, it appears the incident was non-fatal.


The Baltic Sea – the largest body of saltwater closest to Finland – is too cold for great whites to live. So as of now, there aren’t any great whites in Finland.

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