Sharks in Venezuela

There are several shark species in Venezuela. The most common are the bull shark, the oceanic whitetip shark, and the whale shark. While the former two are known for their aggressive nature, the latter is harmless to humans.

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Venezuela

Species Maximum Size Aggressiveness
Bigeye Thresher Shark 11-16 feet Not aggressive
Common Thresher Shark 12-18 feet Not aggressive
Dwarf Smooth-hound 1.57-1.58 feet Not aggressive
Great Hammerhead Shark 15-20 feet Highly aggressive
Lemon Shark 9-10 feet Not aggressive
Oceanic Whitetip Shark 10-13 feet Highly Aggressive
Scalloped Hammerhead Shark 9-12 feet Moderately 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
Whale Shark 18-32 feet Not aggressive



There has been no record of great white sharks appearing in Venezuelan waters.


Shark attacks are rare in Venezuela, with the last incident occurring in 2005. A shark bit the right leg of Jokin Leizaola, who survived the incident.

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