Sharks in Portugal

While there are quite a few shark species in Portugal, sightings are rare, and if you go swimming, you most likely won’t encounter one.

Sharks in Portugal

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Portugal

Species Maximum


Basking Shark 23-30 feet Not aggressive
Bigeye Thresher Shark 11-16 feet Not aggressive
Blue Shark 6-11 feet Not aggressive
Common Thresher Shark 12-18 feet Not aggressive
Frilled Shark 5.6-6.6 feet Not aggressive
Great White Shark 11-16 feet Highly aggressive
Longfin Mako Shark 12-14 feet Not aggressive
Oceanic Whitetip Shark 10-13 feet Highly aggressive
Porbeagle Shark 6-12 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)
Spiny Dogfish 2.5-3.5 feet Not aggressive (due to their small size)
Whale Shark 18-32 feet Not aggressive

Recent Cases of Shark Attacks in Portugal >>



There have only been eight reported attacks by sharks in Portugal’s history.


While great white sharks might appear on the coasts of Portugal, there have been almost no sightings, even in deep waters.

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