Sharks in Honduras

Honduras isn’t home to many sharks, with nurse sharks, bull sharks, and hammerheads occasionally swimming in the waters. However, on the island of Roatán, whale sharks gather in abundance, serving as a tourist location.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Honduras

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Bull Shark 7-12 feet Highly aggressive
Great Hammerhead Shark 15-20 feet Highly aggressive
Nurse Shark 7-8 feet Not aggressive
Oceanic Whitetip Shark 10-13 feet Highly 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
Tiger Shark 10-14 feet Highly aggressive
Whale Shark 18-32 feet Not aggressive



There have been two shark attacks in Honduran waters, both fatal. However, they took place in 1887 and 1930, respectively, with exact details remaining vague.


Yes, experienced divers can go to Roatán, where the majestic whale sharks are seen.

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