Sharks in Greece

Sharks are rarely spotted in Greece. While one can spot most sharks swimming in the Mediterranean in Greece, the attacks recorded in it have been around the French coast. The Aegean Sea, which runs along the Greece coast, has only a few recorded shark attacks. The sharks generally seen around Greece are the basking shark, thresher shark, and the dogfish – which are usually harmless.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Greece

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Angel Shark 4-7 feet Moderately aggressive
Angular Roughshark 3.3-4.9 feet Not aggressive
Barbeled Houndshark 1.7-2 feet Not aggressive
Basking Shark 23-30 feet Not aggressive
Blackmouth Catshark 2-2.2 feet Not aggressive
Blackspotted Smooth-hound 1.6-3 feet Not aggressive
Blacktip Reef Shark 3-4 feet Moderately aggressive (if provoked)
Blacktip Shark 5-8 feet Moderately aggressive
Blue Shark 6-11 feet Not aggressive
Bramble Shark 9.2-10 feet Not aggressive
Common Smooth-hound Shark 3-4 feet Not aggressive
Copper Shark 11-12 feet Not aggressive
Great White Shark 11-16 feet Highly aggressive
Gulper Shark 2.5-3 feet Not aggressive
Kitefin Shark 3-5 feet Not aggressive
Longfin Mako Shark 12-14 feet Highly aggressive
Longnose Spurdog 3-3.3 feet Not aggressive
Nursehound 4.3-5.2 feet Not aggressive
Oceanic Whitetip Shark 10-13 feet Highly aggressive
Porbeagle Shark 6-12 feet Not aggressive
Sandbar Shark 5.5-8.5 feet Not aggressive
Sand Tiger Shark 7-10 feet Not aggressive (due to their small mouths)
Sharpnose Sevengill Shark 2-4.6 feet Moderately aggressive
Shortfin Mako Shark 6.5-9.5 feet Highly aggressive
Small Spotted Catshark 2.5-3 feet Not aggressive
Smalltooth Sand Tiger Shark 12-14 feet Not aggressive
Smooth Hammerhead Shark 8-12 feet Not aggressive (but are potentially dangerous)
Smoothback Angelshark 5-5.2 feet Not aggressive
Spiny Dogfish 2.5-3.5 feet Not aggressive (due to their small size)
Spinner Shark 7 -8 feet Not aggressive
Thresher Shark 10-18 feet Not aggressive

FAQs

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Over the past 170 years, there have been only 15 shark attacks and one fatality.

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Several species of sharks living around the Mediterranean are at risk, including the Great White Shark, the Blue Shark, the Porbeagle, and the Shortfin Mako.

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Though rare, great whites have been occasionally spotted around Greece.

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