Sharks in Georgia

As one of the southeastern states of the US, Georgia has a coastline about 110m long. However, unlike the state next to it – Florida – there are very few shark attacks recorded in this state.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Georgia

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Atlantic Sharpnose Shark 2-4 feet Moderately aggressive
Blacktip Shark 5-8 feet Moderately aggressive
Bonnethead Shark 4-5 feet Not aggressive
Bull Shark 7-12 feet Highly aggressive
Great White Shark 11-16 feet Highly aggressive
Lemon Shark 9-10 feet Not aggressive
Tiger Shark 10-14 feet Highly aggressive



Over the last century, there have been only 20 attacks by sharks in Georgia. The last fatal incident occurred on 20th July 1974. A group of small sharks of an unknown species swarmed 17-year-old John Carter, who had gone swimming in Back River, Savannah Beach, Chatham County.


At Georgia aquarium, there are options to go cage diving and admire these sharks upfront.


Yes, great white sharks have been spotted close to the shores of Georgia.


While whale sharks are not seen in the wild in the state, the Georgia aquarium is one of the only aquaria large enough to house whale sharks.


Yes, as a shark that can survive in freshwater, bull sharks have occasionally swam upstream into more brackish habitats.

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