Sharks in Uruguay

Several shark species make the waters of Uruguay their home. Common sharks are the angular angelshark, the smalleye hammerhead, and the narrownose smooth-hound.

However, attacks seldom occur today, and sharks tend to have more to fear from humans than the other way around.

Sharks in Uruguay

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Uruguay

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Angular Angelshark 2.9-4.3 feet Not aggressive
Argentine Angelshark 3.28-3.93 feet Not aggressive
Broadnose Sevengill Shark 3.5-7.5 feet Not aggressive (unless caught)
Common Thresher Shark 12-18 feet Not aggressive
Copper Shark 11-12 feet Not aggressive
Dusky Shark 9 -12 feet Not aggressive (until provoked)
Great White Shark 11-16 feet Highly aggressive
Longfin Mako Shark 12-14 feet Highly aggressive
Narrownose Smooth-hound 2.4-2.42 feet Not aggressive
Sand Tiger Shark 7-10 feet Not aggressive (due to their small mouths)
School Shark 6-7 feet Not aggressive
Shortfin Mako Shark 6.5-9.5 feet Highly aggressive
Silky Shark 7-10 feet Highly aggressive
Smalleye Hammerhead Shark 3.9–4.9 feet Not aggressive

Recent Cases of Shark Attacks in Uruguay >>



Yes, great whites have been seen quite often in Uruguayan waters.


There have only been four shark attacks in the country’s history, with the last incident in 2004.

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