Tourism: Most Dangerous Sharks And Places Where They Live

Date August 29, 2018 16:15

Sharks live all over the world. There are more than 360 species. However, there is no need to get scared, as only 4 of them are dangerous. Experienced divers and photographers can easily find a common language with them. However, you still need to know about the danger of a possible attack and precautionary measures.


The most dangerous sharks

1. Bull (gray) shark

It is considered the most dangerous and bloodthirsty species. Its length is up to 10-13 ft with gray-white coloring. The bull shark lives calmly in both salt and fresh water. The reason of its aggression is the high testosterone level. There were accidents when the creature attacked people who had entered the water within only 6 ft.

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Habitat: coastal waters of warm seas, tropical and subtropical zones of the ocean. Most often, you can meet it in the Bahamas where there are about 40 species of sharks, many of which aren’t dangerous for humans. Bull sharks can also be found near the tropical coasts of Africa, Indonesia, Australia, and South America.

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2. Tiger shark

With the length of up to 16 ft, this predator lives very close to the shore and can be found even close to the river mouths. People meet it quite often because its favorite places coincide with those where surfers and divers like to swim. The shark lives single and forms groups in the feeding areas. Annually there are 3-4 attacks caused by this species.

Habitat: coastal zones, river mouths, tropical and subtropical seas, ocean zones.

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3. Oceanic whitetip shark

The species has a distinctive feature – long fins. The length is up to 4 meters with brown-white coloring. The shark likes warm seas, tends to live close to the surface. Now, their numbers have been sharply reduced. They swim single and like to accompany the ships. There is no exact data on the number of attacks per year; however, only in December 2010, these sharks killed one person in Egypt and injured four others.

Habitat: tropical and subtropical waters of all oceans, open sea.

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4. White Shark

The largest shark of all living in the world. Length up to 20 ft, with maximum ever documented – 36 ft. It looks mesmerizing due to its huge size and sharp 2-inched teeth in several rows. It has gray-white coloring. Even though it is still dangerous to people, the image of a ruthless predator is mostly created due to its media appearance in the movies. It is rather difficult to meet it, and unless provoked, it will prefer to swim you by. Usually swims alone.

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Habitats: moderately warm waters of the all oceans, coastal zones, and open sea. Met in the Mediterranean, Southern Australia, South America, near Alaska and California.

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How to behave with sharks?

Most often, sharks attack people in such countries:

  • Egypt;
  • Turkey;
  • Thailand;
  • Australia;
  • Central and South America.


Sharks usually attack people when confused with seals or fish. Most of all, they attack divers and surfers, less often – ordinary swimmers.

What should you avoid doing not to provoke them?

  1. Don’t swim near fishers.
  2. Swim during the day when sharks rest. Evenings and nights are their favorite hunting times.
  3. Don’t enter the water with fresh cuts and wounds.
  4. Don’t swim in dirty water – you won’t see the shark and other threats.
  5. Don’t make sudden movements or create noise – it attracts sharks and other predators.
  6. Sharks most often attack lonely swimmers than the companies.
  7. Take off the jewelry before swimming – the glimmer in the water can attract dangerous fish.
  8. Don’t feed sharks – this only teases and accustoms them to the fact that people are sources of food. These animals soon begin to show more interest to people and increase the danger of attacks.
  9. Don’t swim far from the shore.

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If the shark is swimming nearby:

  1. Don’t panic; slowly move to the shore or the boat without making any sharp movements. Sharks feel the fear in your behavior that provokes them.
  2. Don’t touch or tease the fish – the chance of its attack increases significantly.
  3. You will realize it is aggressive when it begins floating around you, gradually reducing the radius. You should decide whether you will have time to calmly sail away or prepare for protection if it is very close. Before the attack, it slows down and arches the back.
  4. If its interest reached a dangerous point, you should hit the fish with your hand or foot in the gills, eyes, or nose. Don’t turn your back to the shark and keep it in the sight until it calms down.


Sharks are undoubtedly terrible predators, but they don’t represent much risk for people unless provoked. Every year, sharks attack one or two hundred people, 12 of which die. A man kills a huge number of fish, on average about 11,400 sharks per hour. That is almost 100 million a year. Here, we should ask ourselves a question: who is more dangerous?

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