If you were planning to take a trip to Curaçao but were worried about a deep sea encounter of the shark kind, you probably have nothing to fear. Sharks are scarce in Curaçao and are often not encountered close to shore.
List of the Different Types of Sharks in Curaçao
|Basking Shark||23-30 feet||Not aggressive|
|Big Eye Thresher Shark||11-16 feet||Not aggressive|
|Bigeyed Sixgill Shark||5-6 feet||Not aggressive|
|Blacktip Shark||5-8 feet||Moderately aggressive|
|Blue Shark||6-11 feet||Not aggressive|
|Bluntnose Sixgill Shark||15-20 feet||Moderately aggressive (rarely targets humans, reports of just one provoked attack)|
|Bonnethead Shark||4-5 feet||Not aggressive|
|Bull Shark||7-12 feet||Highly aggressive|
|Caribbean Reef Shark||8-9 feet||Not aggressive|
|Great Hammerhead Shark||15-20 feet||Highly aggressive|
|Lemon Shark||9-10 feet||Not aggressive|
|Nurse Shark||7-8 feet||Not aggressive|
|Oceanic Whitetip Shark||10-13 feet||Highly Aggressive|
|Sandbar Shark||5.5-8.5 feet||Not 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|
|Thresher Shark||10-18 feet||Not aggressive|
|Tiger Shark||10-14 feet||Highly aggressive|
|Whale Shark||18-32 feet||Not aggressive|
1. Have there been shark attacks in Curaçao?
2. Can you go shark diving in Curaçao?
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