Sharks in Spain

The coasts of Spain are home to several shark species. They are more commonly seen in the part of the Atlantic bordering the country rather than the Mediterranean, as the temperature of the Atlantic Ocean is suitable for most shark species.

Common shark species in the Atlantic include the spiny dogfish, the blue shark, and the copper shark. While attacks on humans have traditionally been rare, with climate changes and more humans entering territories where sharks reside without proper precautions, such attacks will likely increase.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Spain

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Angel Shark 4-7 feet Moderately aggressive
Basking Shark 23-30 feet Not aggressive
Bigeye Thresher Shark 11-16 feet Not aggressive
Blue Shark 6-11 feet Not aggressive
Common Thresher Shark 12-18 feet Not aggressive
Copper Shark 11-12 feet Not aggressive
Dusky Shark 9 -12 feet Not aggressive (until provoked)
Frilled Shark 5.6-6.6 feet Not aggressive
Great White Shark 11-16 feet Highly aggressive
Longfin Mako Shark 12-14 feet Not aggressive
Nursehound Shark 4.3-5.2 feet Not aggressive
Oceanic Whitetip Shark 10-13 feet Highly aggressive
Porbeagle Shark 6-12 feet Not aggressive
Sand Tiger Shark 7-10 feet Not aggressive (due to their small mouths)
Shortfin Mako Shark 6.5-9.5 feet Highly aggressive
Silky Shark 7-10 feet Highly aggressive
Small Spotted Catshark 2.5-3 feet Not aggressive
Smooth Hammerhead Shark 8-12 feet Not aggressive (but are potentially dangerous)
Spiny Dogfish 2.5-3.5 feet Not aggressive (due to their small size)
Whale Shark 18-32 feet Not aggressive

FAQs

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There have been several recorded shark attacks in Spain, the last occurring in 2016. Most of these have been non-fatal, thanks to the quick intervention and medical aid.

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Yes, great whites have been spotted off the coasts of Catalonia, Costa Brava, and Levante.

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