Sharks in the U.S. Virgin Islands

The Virgin Islands of the United States of America is home to several shark species. The most seen species include the nurse shark, the tiger shark, the blacktip shark, the lemon shark, and the gray reef shark.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Blacktip Shark 5-8 feet Moderately aggressive
Caribbean Reef Shark 8-9 feet Not aggressive
Great Hammerhead Shark 15-20 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
Tiger Shark 10-14 feet Highly aggressive
Whale Shark 18-32 feet Not aggressive



There have been only four recorded unprovoked shark attacks in the U.S. Virgin Islands, with the last one occurring in 2008. Thankfully it was a non-fatal one.


Great whites are generally not seen in the U.S. Virgin Islands.


Yes, tiger sharks are often spotted in the waters surrounding the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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