Sharks in Turkey

There are three seas surrounding the country of Turkey – The Aegean, the Black, and the Mediterranean. While all three seas are home to various shark species (the Mediterranean alone is home to about 50), they rarely venture close to human locations.

Sharks do not like to feed on humans as we do not provide sufficient nourishment compared to the high-fat content of animals like seals. Most unprovoked shark attacks result from mistaken identity combined with the shark biting unknown objects in its surroundings out of curiosity. However, even when the beaches around Turkey are crowded, there have been few shark attacks, with only four recorded attacks.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Turkey

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Angel Shark 4-7 feet Moderately aggressive
Blacktip Shark 5-8 feet Moderately aggressive
Blue Shark 6-11 feet Not aggressive
Copper Shark 11-12 feet Not aggressive
Great White Shark 11-16 feet Highly aggressive
Sandbar Shark 5.5-8.5 feet Not aggressive
Sand Tiger Shark 7-10 feet Not aggressive (due to their small mouths)
Smooth Hammerhead Shark 8-12 feet Not aggressive (but are potentially dangerous)
Spinner Shark 7 -8 feet Not aggressive

FAQs

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Yes, sharks have been spotted in those Turkish cities.

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Yes, great whites have been seen in the Mediterranean.

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