Sharks in Kenya

Kenya is home to sharks like the blue, shortfin mako, and whale shark.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Kenya

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Blacktip Reef Shark 3-4 feet Moderately aggressive (if provoked)
Blue Shark 6-11 feet Not aggressive
Gray Reef Shark 4-5 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
Whitetip Reef Shark 3-5.5 feet Moderately aggressive (only when provoked)



There have been several shark attacks in the country, with the most recent one taking place in 2011.


Yes, there are certain places in Kenya where you can go diving with whale sharks.

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