Sharks in the Gambia

The Gambia is the smallest African nation, surrounded by Senegal, except for the west coast. Sharks commonly seen here include the blacktip shark, the milk shark, and the scalloped hammerhead shark.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in the Gambia

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Blacktip Shark 5-8 feet Moderately aggressive
Dusky Shark 9 -12 feet Not aggressive (until provoked)
Lemon Shark 9-10 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
Oceanic Whitetip Shark 10-13 feet Highly Aggressive
Portuguese Dogfish 3-3.3 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
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
Whale Shark 18-32 feet Not aggressive



Diving isn’t quite established in the Gambia yet; however, you might encounter nurse sharks while snorkeling.


There haven’t been any recorded shark attacks in the Gambia yet.

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