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)

FAQs

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Great white sharks are seldom seen in Omani waters.

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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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