Puerto Rico is home to about 40 species of sharks. This information is not surprising, considering the water surrounding the tropical paradise remains warm year-round, which is ideal for most shark species.
Sharks tend to hang out close to beaches with shallow water and reefs that have a decent supply of food. However, they do not feed on humans and tend to avoid us altogether most times.
List of the Different Types of Sharks in Puerto Rico
|Antilles Catshark||1.1-1.5 feet||Not aggressive|
|Basking Shark||23-30 feet||Not aggressive|
|Bigeye Thresher Shark||11-16 feet||Not aggressive|
|Blacknose Shark||3-5 feet||Not aggressive|
|Blacktip Reef Shark||3-4 feet||Moderately aggressive (if provoked)|
|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)|
|Broadnose Sevengill Shark||3.5-7.5 feet||Not aggressive (unless caught)|
|Bull Shark||7-12 feet||Highly aggressive|
|Caribbean Lanternshark||1.6-1.7 feet||Not aggressive|
|Caribbean Reef Shark||8-9 feet||Not aggressive|
|Caribbean Sharpnose Shark||3-4 feet||Highly aggressive|
|Cookiecutter Shark||1.5-3.5 feet||Not aggressive|
|Cuban Dogfish||2.5-3.6 feet||Not aggressive|
|Dusky Shark||9 -12 feet||Not aggressive (until provoked)|
|Finetooth Shark||5-6 feet||Not aggressive|
|Galapagos Shark||9.8-12 ft||Highly aggressive|
|Great Hammerhead Shark||15-20 feet||Highly aggressive|
|Great White Shark||11-16 feet||Highly aggressive|
|Gulper Shark||2.5-3 feet||Not aggressive|
|Kitefin Shark||3-5 feet||Not aggressive|
|Lemon Shark||9-10 feet||Not aggressive|
|Megamouth Shark||13-18 feet||Not aggressive|
|Narrowfin Smoothhound||1.6-3.3 feet||Not aggressive|
|Nurse Shark||7-8 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|
|Smalltail Shark||3.5-4.5 feet||Not aggressive|
|Smooth Dogfish||4-5 feet||Not aggressive (due to their blunt teeth)|
|Smooth Hammerhead Shark||8-12 feet||Not aggressive (but are potentially dangerous)|
|Spinner Shark||7 -8 feet||Not 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 Puerto Rico?
2. Are the sharks in Puerto Rico endangered or going extinct?
3. Can you go swimming with sharks in Puerto Rico?
4. Are there great white sharks in Puerto Rico?
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