Sharks in Pakistan

Common sharks in Pakistan include four species of hammerhead – the great hammerhead, the scalloped hammerhead, the smooth hammerhead, the Winghead shark, the blacktip reef shark, and the whale shark. However, the shark population in the country is down by 85% due to indiscriminate fishing, and conservation efforts must be undertaken.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Pakistan

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Big Eye Thresher Shark 11-16 feet Not aggressive
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)
Great Hammerhead Shark 15-20 feet Highly aggressive
Longfin Mako Shark 12-14 feet Highly aggressive
Milk Shark 3.6-3.7 feet Not aggressive
Oceanic Whitetip Shark 5-8 feet Not aggressive
Pelagic Thresher Shark 13-18 feet Not 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
Sicklefin Lemon Shark 10-12 feet Moderately aggressive
Silky Shark 7-10 feet Highly aggressive
Smooth Hammerhead Shark 8-12 feet Not aggressive (but are potentially dangerous)
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)
Winghead Shark 6-6.2 feet Not aggressive



While not seen regularly, as the great white is a migratory species, it may occasionally appear in Pakistani waters.


At Charna Island, you may encounter sharks while scuba diving.

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