While sharks have always been present in South Korea’s waters, thanks to climate changes and other reasons, they have started to swim closer to human-populated areas. This includes the fierce great white – widely regarded as one of the deadliest animals on the planet.
However, the number of attacks on humans is quite rare in South Korea, as humans are not a good food source for sharks. Bites tend to be exploratory or due to a case of mistaken identity, not as a result of predation or malice.
List of the Different Types of Sharks in South Korea
|Basking Shark||23-30 feet||Not aggressive|
|Blackspotted Catshark||1.5-1.6 feet||Not aggressive|
|Common Thresher Shark||12-18 feet||Not aggressive|
|Great White Shark||11-16 feet||Highly aggressive|
|Shortfin Mako Shark||6.5-9.5 feet||Highly aggressive|
|Smooth Hammerhead Shark|
|Spiny Dogfish||2.5-3.5 feet||Not aggressive (due to their small size)|
|Whale Shark||18-32 feet||Not aggressive|