Sharks in Guatemala

There are 13 species of shark in the country of Guatemala. However, the only known incident blamed on a shark may have been an accident after which the beast may have fed on the bodies.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Guatemala

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Big Eye Thresher Shark 11-16 feet Not aggressive
Bull Shark 7-12 feet Highly aggressive
Common Thresher Shark 12-18 feet Not aggressive
Great Hammerhead Shark 15-20 feet Highly aggressive
Oceanic Whitetip Shark 10-13 feet Highly aggressive
Pelagic Thresher Shark 13-18 feet Not aggressive
Porbeagle Shark 6-12 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
Smooth Hammerhead Shark 8-12 feet Not aggressive (but are potentially dangerous)
Whale Shark 18-32 feet Not aggressive
Whitenose Shark 4.8-4.92 feet Not aggressive



There is only one recorded shark attack in Guatemala. However, whether or not the shark was involved in fatalities remains vague.


There are very few dive spots in Guatemala, so it’s unlikely that one would encounter sharks while swimming.

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