Sharks in Tunisia

Tunisia is home to several sharks that swim throughout the Mediterranean Sea. Common species seen include the angel shark, the sand tiger shark, and the spiny dogfish.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Tunisia

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Angel Shark 4-7 feet Moderately aggressive
Angular Roughshark 3.3-4.9 feet Not aggressive
Basking Shark 23-30 feet Not aggressive
Blue Shark 6-11 feet Not aggressive
Great Hammerhead Shark 15-20 feet Highly aggressive
Great White Shark 11-16 feet Highly aggressive
Gulper Shark 2.5-3 feet Not aggressive
Sand Tiger Shark 7-10 feet Not aggressive (due to their small mouths)
Sawback Angelshark 4.2-6.7 feet Not aggressive
School Shark 6-7 feet Not aggressive
Sharpnose Sevengill Shark 2-4.6 feet Moderately aggressive
Smoothback Angelshark 5.2-5.24 feet Not aggressive
Spiny Dogfish 2.5-3.5 feet Not aggressive (due to their small size)



While diving with dolphins is quite popular in Tunisia, there aren’t many opportunities to go swimming with sharks in the country.


Shark attacks are sporadic in Tunisia, with the last recorded incident occurring during a spearfishing incident in 1982. Thankfully, it was a non-fatal one.

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