Sharks in Italy

Over the last three decades, Italy has only seen ten shark sightings. Most are deep-sea species, so you will likely avoid running into one while swimming close to the shore. However, some sharks live in the country’s waters, like the basking shark, the porbeagle shark, and the shortfin mako shark.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Italy

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Basking Shark 23-30 feet Not aggressive
Big Eye Thresher Shark 11-16 feet Not aggressive
Common Thresher Shark 12-18 feet Not aggressive
Porbeagle Shark 6-12 feet Not aggressive
Sandbar Shark 5.5-8.5 feet Not aggressive
School Shark 6-7 feet Not aggressive
Shortfin Mako Shark 6.5-9.5 feet Highly aggressive
Smooth Hammerhead Shark 8-12 feet Not aggressive (but are potentially dangerous)
Spiny Dogfish 2.5-3.5 feet Not aggressive (due to their small size)



There have been several reported shark attacks though the authenticity of all these reports has not been verified. The most recent was on 1st Jan 1995 during a non-fatal spearfishing incident.


While there are great whites in the Mediterranean, this shark species has not been seen near the shores of Italy.


Yes, the island of Lampione is renowned for its clear waters, where divers swim with sandbar sharks.


There are no sharks on the Amalfi coast.

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