Sharks in Nigeria

Nigeria is home to several shark species, like the copper shark, the school shark, and the whale shark.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Nigeria

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Common Thresher Shark 12-18 feet Not aggressive
Copper Shark 11-12 feet Not aggressive
Great White Shark 11-16 feet Highly 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
Shortfin Mako Shark 6.5-9.5 feet Highly aggressive
Silky Shark 7-10 feet Highly aggressive
Smooth Hammerhead Shark 8-12 feet Not aggressive (but are potentially dangerous)
Whale Shark 18-32 feet Not aggressive

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Shark attacks in Nigeria are rare, with only four incidents taking place throughout the country’s history. The last shark attack took place in 2012.

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