Sharks in Samoa

The Pacific nation of Samoa is home to several shark species. There are several species of reef sharks, like the blacktip reef shark, the gray reef shark, and the whitetip reef shark, as well as others like the blue shark, the whale shark, and the Galapagos shark.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Samoa

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Blacktip Shark 5-8 feet Moderately aggressive
Blacktip Reef Shark 3-4 feet Moderately aggressive (if provoked)
Blue Shark 6-11 feet Not aggressive
Bull Shark 7-12 feet Highly aggressive
Galapagos Shark 9.8-12 ft Highly aggressive
Gray Reef Shark 4-5 feet Highly aggressive
Oceanic Whitetip Shark 10-13 feet Highly aggressive
Sicklefin Lemon Shark 10-12 feet Moderately aggressive
Silky Shark 7-10 feet Highly aggressive
Silvertip Shark 6.6-9.8 feet Moderately aggressive
Tiger Shark 10-14 feet Highly aggressive
Whitetip Reef Shark 3-5.5 feet Moderately aggressive (only when provoked)



While most of the shark attacks occurring in Samoa took place a long time back, there was a more recent incident in 2010. A 47-year-old angler who had gone fishing in the morning was returning with his catch wrapped around his waist when a shark of an unknown species approached him. The man survived with a chest wound. The species of the shark is believed to be a bull shark judging from the size of the injury.


Yes, there are options to go whale shark watching in Samoa.


Great white sharks haven’t been seen around Samoa.


Yes, bull sharks swim around the country’s waters.

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