Sharks in Panama

There are more than 15 shark species in the waters of Panama.  Sightings are common, but attacks are thankfully rare.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Panama

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Atlantic Sharpnose Shark 2-4 feet Moderately aggressive
Bigeye Thresher Shark 11-16 feet Not aggressive
Blacknose Shark 3-5 feet Not aggressive
Blacktip Shark 5-8 feet Moderately aggressive
Bonnethead Shark 4-5 feet Not aggressive
Bull Shark 7-12 feet Highly aggressive
Common Thresher Shark 12-18 feet Not aggressive
Finetooth Shark 5-6 feet Not aggressive
Great Hammerhead Shark 15-20 feet Highly aggressive
Great White Shark 11-16 feet Highly aggressive
Oceanic Whitetip Shark 10-13 feet Highly 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
Silky Shark 7-10 feet Highly aggressive
Spinner Shark 7 -8 feet Not aggressive
Whale Shark 18-32 feet Not aggressive



There have been only 27 attacks, with the most recent being one in 2009.


There are whale sharks in the Coiba National Park, where tourists can go diving with them.

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