Sharks in Senegal

There are 54 shark species living off the coast of Senegal. Commonly seen sharks include the blue shark, the whale shark, and the shortfin mako shark.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Senegal

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
African Sawtail Catshark 1.5-1.51 feet Not aggressive
Angular Roughshark 3.3-4.9 feet Not aggressive
Atlantic Weasel Shark 4.5-4.53 feet Not aggressive
Barbeled Houndshark 1.7-2 feet Not aggressive
Basking Shark 23-30 feet Not aggressive
Bigeye Thresher Shark 11-16 feet Not aggressive
Bignose Shark 8.5-9.5 feet Highly aggressive (but not dangerous since they are less encountered)
Birdbeak Dogfish 3.9-4 feet Not aggressive
Blacktip Shark 5-8 feet Moderately aggressive
Blue Shark 6-11 feet Not aggressive
Bluntnose Six-gill Shark 15-20 feet Moderately aggressive (rarely targets humans, reports of just one provoked attack)
Bramble Shark 9.2-10 feet Not aggressive
Bull Shark 7-12 feet Highly aggressive
Common Smooth-hound Shark 3-4 feet Not aggressive
Common Thresher Shark 12-18 feet Not aggressive
Cookiecutter Shark 1.5-3.5 feet Not aggressive
Crocodile Shark 2.5-4 feet Not aggressive
Dusky Shark 9 -12 feet Not aggressive (until provoked)
False Cat Shark 8-10 feet Not aggressive
Frilled Shark 5.6-6.6 feet Not aggressive
Great Hammerhead Shark 15-20 feet Highly aggressive
Great White Shark 11-16 feet Highly aggressive
Gulper Shark 2.5-3 feet Not aggressive
Kitefin Shark 3-5 feet Not aggressive
Leafscale Gulper Shark 5-5.2 feet Not aggressive
Lemon Shark 9-10 feet Not aggressive
Little Gulper Shark 2.6-3.6 feet Not aggressive
Longfin Mako Shark 12-14 feet Highly aggressive
Longnose Spurdog 3-3.3 feet Not aggressive
Longnose Velvet Dogfish 2.1-3.4 feet Not aggressive
Lowfin Gulper Shark 5.2-5.24 feet Not aggressive
Milk Shark 3.6-3.7 feet Not aggressive
Night Shark 5-6 feet Not aggressive
Nurse Shark 7-8 feet Not aggressive
Nursehound Shark 4.3-5.2 feet Not aggressive
Oceanic Whitetip Shark 10-13 feet Highly Aggressive
Portuguese Dogfish 3-3.3 feet Not aggressive
Roughskin Dogfish 3.9-4 feet Not aggressive
Sand Tiger Shark 7-10 feet Not aggressive (due to their small mouths)
Sandbar Shark 5.5-8.5 feet Not aggressive
Sailfin Roughshark 3.7-3.9 feet Not aggressive
Scalloped Hammerhead Shark 9-12 feet Moderately aggressive
Sharpnose Sevengill Shark 2-4.6 feet Moderately aggressive
Shortfin Mako Shark 6.5-9.5 feet Highly aggressive
Silky Shark 7-10 feet Highly aggressive
Small-spotted Catshark 1.5-3 feet Not aggressive
Smooth Hammerhead Shark 8-12 feet Not aggressive (but are potentially dangerous)
Smooth Lantern Shark 1-1.5 feet Not aggressive
Spinner Shark 7 -8 feet Not aggressive
Spiny Dogfish 2.5-3.5 feet Not aggressive (due to their small size)
Tiger Shark 10-14 feet Highly aggressive
Velvet Belly Lanternshark 1-2 feet Not aggressive
Velvet Dogfish 2-3 feet Not aggressive
Whale Shark 18-32 feet Not aggressive

FAQs

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From July to November, nurse sharks can be seen while diving.

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Only six unprovoked shark attacks have occurred in Senegal’s history, with the last one taking place in 1967. Out of these attacks, two of them were fatal.

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