Sharks in India

India is home to one of the rare species of river shark – the Ganges Shark, a rare freshwater species listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN. Other species include the bull shark, which can live in freshwater as well as salty areas, and the spadenose shark, which was highly overfished and is nowadays extremely rare.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in India

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Blue Shark 6-11 feet Not aggressive
Bull Shark 7-12 feet Highly aggressive
Ganges Shark 5.8-6.6 feet Not aggressive
Oceanic Whitetip Shark 10-13 feet Highly aggressive
Spadenose Shark 2-2.4 feet Not aggressive
Tiger Shark 10-14 feet Highly aggressive



Shark attacks rarely take place in India.


Due to the heavy dependence on fishing in both the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, most sharks living around India are at risk.


While sightings may occur, great whites are rare around the coasts of India.

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