Sharks in the Maldives

The Maldives may be a small collection of islands, but they are home to various tropical animals. Naturally, this includes several species of sharks. Common sharks around the Maldives are the blacktip reef shark, the scalloped hammerhead, and the gray reef shark.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in the Maldives

Species Maximum

Size

Aggressiveness
Blacktip Reef Shark 3-4 feet Moderately aggressive (if provoked)
Blacktip Shark 5-8 feet Moderately aggressive
Great White Shark 11-16 feet Highly aggressive
Gray Reef Shark 4-5 feet Highly aggressive
Lemon Shark 9-10 feet Not aggressive
Leopard Shark 6-7 feet Not aggressive
Nurse Shark 7-8 feet Not aggressive
Oceanic Whitetip Shark 10-13 feet Highly aggressive
Scalloped Hammerhead Shark 9-12 feet Moderately aggressive
Silky Shark 7-10 feet Highly aggressive
Silvertip Shark 6.6-9.8 feet Moderately aggressive
Smooth Hammerhead Shark 8-12 feet Not aggressive (but are potentially dangerous)
Tawny Nurse Shark 9.6-10 feet Not aggressive
Tiger Shark 10-14 feet Highly aggressive
Whale Shark 18-32 feet Not aggressive
Whitetip Reef Shark 3-5.5 feet Moderately aggressive (only when provoked)
Zebra Shark 8.2-11 feet Not aggressive

FAQs

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As of 2022, there have been no reported shark attacks on humans.

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Yes, there are several ways to interact with shark species, including the whale shark, in the Maldives, including diving, snorkeling, and swimming.

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Great white sharks prefer temperatures in the range of 12-24°C, which is warmer than the shark’s preference. However, great whites have been spotted occasionally around some islands.

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