Sharks in Somalia

Despite being famed for its shark-infested beaches, there have not been many shark attacks in Somali waters. The infamous Zambezi river sharks were, in fact, bull sharks that swam upstream, drawn to the carcasses and intestines of camels dumped in the river’s waters.

Common species in Somalia include the bull shark, the blue shark, and several species of hammerheads and threshers.

Sharks in Somalia

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Somalia

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Big Eye Thresher Shark 11-16 feet Not aggressive
Blue Shark 6-11 feet Not aggressive
Bull Shark 7-12 feet Highly aggressive
Common Thresher Shark 12-18 feet Not aggressive
Great Hammerhead Shark 15-20 feet Highly aggressive
Great White Shark 11-16 feet Highly aggressive
Harlequin Catshark 1.4-1.5 feet Not aggressive
Oceanic Whitetip Shark 5-8 feet Not aggressive
Pelagic Thresher Shark 13-18 feet Not aggressive
Scalloped Hammerhead Shark 9-12 feet Moderately aggressive
Shortfin Mako Shark 6.5-9.5 feet Highly aggressive
Silky Shark 7-10 feet Highly aggressive
Whale Shark 18-32 feet Not aggressive

Recent Cases of Shark Attacks in Somalia >>



Currently, there have only been six shark attacks in Somali waters. However, four of those have been fatal.

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