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.

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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