Sharks in Mexico

Mexico is home to about 85 species of sharks. However, most of them are harmless and do not common into contact with humans. If there have been sightings of sharks in a place close to shore, it is best to avoid going into the water during that time. Sharks explore potential prey by biting them and do not attack humans with the intent to devour them.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Mexico

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Angel Shark 4-7 feet Moderately aggressive
Atlantic Sharpnose Shark 2-4 feet Moderately aggressive
Basking Shark 23-30 feet Not aggressive
Bigeye Thresher Shark 11-16 feet Not aggressive
Bignose Shark 8.5-9.5 feet Highly aggressive (but not dangerous since they are less encountered)
Blacknose Shark 3-5 feet Not aggressive
Blacktip Shark 5-8 feet Moderately aggressive
Blue Shark 6-11 feet Not aggressive
Bonnethead Shark 4-5 feet Not aggressive
Bull Shark 7-12 feet Highly aggressive
Caribbean Reef Shark 8-9 feet Not aggressive
Common Thresher Shark 12-18 feet Not aggressive
Dusky Shark 9 -12 feet Not aggressive (until provoked)
Finetooth Shark 5-6 feet Not aggressive
Great Hammerhead Shark 15-20 feet Highly aggressive
Great White Shark 11-16 feet Highly aggressive
Lemon Shark 9-10 feet Not aggressive
Longfin Mako Shark 12-14 feet Highly aggressive
Narrowfin Smoothhound 1.6-3.3 feet Not aggressive
Nurse Shark 7-8 feet Not aggressive
Oceanic Whitetip Shark 10-13 feet Highly aggressive
Sandbar Shark 5.5-8.5 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
Smalltail Shark 3.5-4.5 feet Not aggressive
Smalleye Hammerhead Shark 3.9–4.9 feet Not aggressive
Smooth Hammerhead Shark 8-12 feet Not aggressive (but are potentially dangerous)
Spinner Shark 7 -8 feet Not aggressive
Tiger Shark 10-14 feet Highly aggressive
Whale Shark 18-32 feet Not aggressive

FAQs

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Only 40 shark attacks have occurred in the whole of Mexico in the past 450 years.

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Yes, whale sharks are common in Mexico between October and February.

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Yes, diving with whale sharks is quite popular in Mexico. Bull shark diving is also an option for the more adventurous.

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Yes, Guadalupe, a volcanic island about 150 miles off the western coast of Baja California in Mexico, is home to one of the biggest great white shark populations.

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