Sharks in Vietnam

There are sharks around Vietnam, but most tend to avoid humans and keep their distance. Sharks prefer warm waters and Vietnam’s climate remains suitable for them year-round. However, if there are shark sightings in a particular area, it would be best not to go into the water that day.

Sharks in Vietnam

List of the Different Types of Sharks in Vietnam

Species Maximum


Bigeye Thresher Shark 11-16 feet Not aggressive
Blacktip Shark 5-8 feet Moderately aggressive
Bull Shark 7-12 feet Highly aggressive
Cookiecutter Shark 1.5-3.5 feet Not aggressive
Coral Catshark 2-2.3 feet Not aggressive
Dusky Shark 9 -12 feet Not aggressive (until provoked)
Graceful Shark 5.5-5.6 feet Not aggressive (potentially dangerous)
Great Hammerhead Shark 15-20 feet Highly aggressive
Great White Shark 11-16 feet Highly aggressive
Oceanic Whitetip Shark 10-13 feet Highly aggressive
Port Jackson Shark 5-5.5 feet Not aggressive
Scalloped Hammerhead Shark 9-12 feet Moderately aggressive
Sharpnose Sevengill Shark 2-4.6 feet Moderately aggressive
Shortfin Mako Shark 6.5-9.5 feet Highly aggressive
Shortnose Spurdog 1.46-1.85 feet Not aggressive
Silky Shark 7-10 feet Highly aggressive
Spinner Shark 7 -8 feet Not aggressive
Whale Shark 18-32 feet Not aggressive
White Spotted Bamboo Shark 2-3 feet Not aggressive



Shark attacks are usually rare. But in 2010, there were an unusually high number of unprovoked shark attacks.


While rare, a great white was once caught ten meters from the shores of Vietnam.

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