Sharks in Namibia

There are several species of sharks living in Namibian waters. Commonly seen sharks include the bluntnose sixgill shark, the sand tiger shark, and the common thresher shark. Even the ferocious great white shark is seen on a semi-regular basis.

However, attacks seldom happen nowadays. If a shark is sighted close to a beach, warnings are issued to stay away.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Namibia

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Basking Shark 23-30 feet Not aggressive
Bluntnose Six-gill Shark 15-20 feet Moderately aggressive (rarely targets humans, reports of just one provoked attack)
Common Thresher Shark 12-18 feet Not aggressive
Copper Shark 11-12 feet Not aggressive
Great White Shark 11-16 feet Highly aggressive
Porbeagle Shark 6-12 feet Not aggressive
Sand Tiger Shark 7-10 feet Not aggressive (due to their small mouths)
Scalloped Hammerhead Shark 9-12 feet Moderately aggressive
School Shark 6-7 feet Not aggressive
Sharptooth Houndshark 5.5-5.6 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)
Soupfin Shark 5-6 feet Not aggressive
Spiny Dogfish 2.5-3.5 feet Not aggressive (due to their small size)
Whale Shark 18-32 feet Not aggressive



Yes, these sharks have been seen along the entire Namibian coastline.


Yes, the copper shark is commonly fished up along the shore by anglers and tourists.


Shark attacks are sporadic in Namibia, with only two incidents recorded, the last being in 1981.


There are approximately 11 shark species on the Skeleton coast, which is also home to a wide variety of wildlife like elephants, lions, seals, etc.

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