Aruba is not only popular for its year-round warm climate and clear waters; it also advertises itself as a place where there are no sharks. While sharks in this region tend to avoid shallow parts of the ocean close to the shore, venturing to the depths might lead to encounters with sharks like the whale shark, the nurse shark and several species of reef and hammerhead sharks.
List of the Different Types of Sharks in Aruba
|Blacktip Reef Shark||3-4 feet||Moderately aggressive (if provoked)|
|Bonnethead Shark||4-5 feet||Not aggressive|
|Bull Shark||7-12 feet||Highly aggressive|
|Caribbean Reef Shark||8-9 feet||Not aggressive|
|Caribbean Sharpnose Shark||3-4 feet||Highly aggressive|
|Great Hammerhead Shark||15-20 feet||Highly aggressive|
|Lemon Shark||9-10 feet||Not aggressive|
|Nurse Shark||7-8 feet||Not aggressive|
|Scalloped Hammerhead Shark||9-12 feet||Moderately aggressive|
|Smooth Hammerhead Shark||8-12 feet||Not aggressive (but are potentially dangerous)|
|Tiger Shark||10-14 feet||Highly aggressive|
|Whale Shark||18-32 feet||Not aggressive|
1. Do shark attacks occur in Aruba?
2.Are there great white sharks in Aruba?
3. Can you swim with sharks in Aruba?
I am broadly interested in how human activities influence the ability of wildlife to persist in the modified environments that we create.
Specifically, my research investigates how the configuration and composition of landscapes influence the movement and population dynamics of forest birds. Both natural and human-derived fragmenting of habitat can influence where birds settle, how they access the resources they need to survive and reproduce, and these factors in turn affect population demographics. Most recently, I have been studying the ability of individuals to move through and utilize forested areas which have been modified through timber harvest as they seek out resources for the breeding and postfledging phases. As well I am working in collaboration with Parks Canada scientists to examine in the influence of high density moose populations on forest bird communities in Gros Morne National Park. Many of my projects are conducted in collaboration or consultation with representatives of industry and government agencies, seeking to improve the management and sustainability of natural resource extraction.