Sharks in Saudi Arabia

The Red Sea, the largest saltwater body surrounding Saudi Arabia, is home to various shark species. Some of them are the tiger shark, the great hammerhead, the sicklefin lemon shark, the sandbar shark, and the tawny nurse shark.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Saudi Arabia

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Arabian Carpetshark 2-3 feet Not aggressive
Blacktip Shark 5-8 feet Moderately aggressive
Blacktip Reef Shark 3-4 feet Moderately aggressive (if provoked)
Bull Shark 7-12 feet Highly aggressive
Graceful Shark 5.5-5.6 feet Not aggressive (potentially dangerous)
Great Hammerhead Shark 15-20 feet Highly aggressive
Grey Bamboo Shark 2.3-2.5 feet Not aggressive
Grey Reef Shark 4-5 feet Highly aggressive
Grey Sharpnose Shark 2.3-2.9 feet Not aggressive
Hardnose Shark 3.5-3.6 feet Not aggressive
Hooktooth Shark 2.2-3.3 feet Not aggressive
Milk Shark 3.6-3.7 feet Not aggressive
Pigeye Shark 6.2-8.2 feet Not aggressive (but potentially dangerous)
Sand Tiger Shark 7-10 feet Not aggressive (due to their small mouths)
Sandbar Shark 5.5-8.5 feet Not aggressive
Scalloped Hammerhead Shark 9-12 feet Moderately aggressive
Sicklefin Lemon Shark 10-12 feet Moderately aggressive
Slender Weasel Shark 1.57-1.6 feet Not aggressive
Sliteye Shark 2-2.3 feet Not aggressive
Smoothtooth Blacktip Shark 3.9-4.3 feet Not aggressive
Snaggletooth Shark 7.8-7.9 feet Not aggressive
Spinner Shark 7 -8 feet Not aggressive
Spot-tail Shark 5-5.3 feet Not aggressive
Tawny Nurse Shark 9.6-10 feet Not aggressive
Tiger Shark 10-14 feet Highly aggressive
Whale Shark 18-32 feet Not aggressive
Whitecheek Shark 3.2-3.3 feet Not aggressive
Whitetip Reef Shark 3-5.5 feet Moderately aggressive (only when provoked)
Zebra Shark 8.2-11 feet Not aggressive

FAQs

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There have been very few shark attacks in the country, with most being non-fatal.

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Great whites do not reside in Saudi Arabian waters.

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