Sharks in Russia

The number of sharks in Russian waters is yet to be ascertained, with an assumed 40 species living around the country’s coast. However, whether or not these species are endemic to Russia or have migrated accidentally is not clear.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Russia

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Broadnose Sevengill Shark 3.5-7.5 feet Not aggressive (unless caught)
Common Thresher Shark 12-18 feet Not aggressive
Milk Shark 3.6-3.7 feet Not aggressive
Pacific Sleeper Shark 12-15 feet Not aggressive
Pacific Spiny Dogfish 3.28-4.3 feet Not aggressive
Salmon Shark 8-10 feet Not 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




There have been four recorded shark attacks in Russia, with the most recent ones all taking place in 2011. Luckily they were all non-fatal.


While anglers caught a great white shark in East Russia, it is pretty likely that this shark was an exception and had strayed too far north. This is because great whites generally find colder waters hard to tolerate.

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