Sharks in Oman

Several shark species live in the Gulf of Oman, including the bull shark, the great hammerhead, and the whale shark. Recently, a new species has been discovered in the Gulf – the Oman bullhead shark, first described in 2005.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Oman

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Bigeye Houndshark 1.2-1.21 feet Not aggressive
Blacktip Shark 5-8 feet Moderately aggressive
Blacktip Reef Shark 3-4 feet Moderately aggressive (if provoked)
Bramble Shark 9.2-10 feet Not aggressive
Bull Shark 7-12 feet Highly aggressive
Great Hammerhead Shark 15-20 feet Highly aggressive
Milk Shark 3.6-3.7 feet Not aggressive
Oman Bullhead Shark 1.83-2 feet Not aggressive
Sandbar Shark 5.5-8.5 feet Not aggressive
Sicklefin Lemon Shark 10-12 feet Moderately aggressive
Spot-tail Shark 5-5.3 feet Not aggressive
Tawny Nurse Shark 9.6-10 feet Not 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)



Great white sharks are seldom seen in Omani waters.


While exact data is hard to find, anglers fishing in deep waters often encounter sharks, with injuries and even deaths taking place.

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