Sharks: Four of the Most Dangerous to Human

The four most dangerous sharks to a human, identified.

Just that one word will strike fear in everyone’s heart when they are out in the ocean. We have to remember that we are entering into the shark’s watery world, we have to learn their rules so as not to endanger ourselves.

Out of more than 360 species of sharks left in the ocean, there are four species that have been identified as having the highest number of unprovoked attacks on humans and in most cases leading to death.

They are: the Great White, Oceanic Whitetip, Tiger and Bull sharks.

The Great White

White shark at Isla Guadalupe, Mexico

This species of shark is the largest predatory fish reaching a maximum size of 6 m (20ft) weighing a maximum of 1,900 kg (4,200 lb).

Did you know that this species of sharks lifts their heads above water regularly to gaze at the prey ( aka. spy-hopping). Some scientists theorised that they sharks learned this from their contact with humans!

The Oceanic Whitetip Shark

Oceanic whitetip shark with a small school of pilot fish

This species can grow up to 3 m (13 ft) and weight up to 170 kg (370 lb) or slightly more.

The oceanic whitetip is slow moving, but can take off with a sudden burst of speed, and are extremely aggressive. In fact, it has been the cause of the most number of human attacks compared to all the other species combined. They pose the greatest danger to humans when the human is out in the open sea and seen as prey.

The Tiger Shark

Tiger shark in Antalya,Kas

Mature sharks can reach up to 4.25m (14 ft) and weight up to 909 kg (2000 lb).

This species is also known as the ocean’s garbage can as it’s aggressive eating habit makes it ingest all of it’s prey, irregardless of nutritional value. There have been cases where automobiles number plates have been found in the belly of this shark.

The Bull Shark

Bull shark in The Burma Reef

This species of shark can grow up to 3.49 m (11.5 ft) and weigh up to 318 kg (700lb).

The bull sharks are often seen cruising in shallow waters. In India, where the local population will immerse the body of their love ones in the Ganges River to be purified after death, lure the sharks into its shallow waters where it eats the corpses as well as being responsible for killing and attacking a large number of people.

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20 Responses to “Sharks: Four of the Most Dangerous to Human”
  1. Rachel Says...

    On May 13, 2008 at 2:55 am

    I have always been fascinated by these big predators :) cue music from ‘Jaws’…

  2. Francie Says...

    On May 13, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    You’ve got me thinking of the movie Jaws. Oops just looked up =)
    Great photos and important information!!!

  3. Rachel Says...

    On May 13, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    tell me about it! i still dread going for a swim at the beach! Thanks for dropping in :)

  4. carmen Says...

    On May 14, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Give me a break Rachel, Summer is coming and I love to swim. Show me photos of mermaids instead :) ) they are harmless. :)

  5. Rachel Says...

    On May 15, 2008 at 8:20 am

    Hahahah… sorry about that Carmen.

    Will try to search for some mermaid articles.

    Thank you for your comments :)

  6. SunGoddess Says...

    On May 15, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Thought I would see the Mako shark up there! Nice list and great photography! =)

  7. Rachel Says...

    On May 16, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Thank you SunGoddess :)

  8. louie jerome Says...

    On May 17, 2008 at 8:03 am

    Great job!

  9. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On May 17, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Sharks are such beautiful creatures.

  10. Rachel Says...

    On May 18, 2008 at 7:01 am

    Hi Louie

    Thank you for your comment.

    Hi Ruby,

    Yes, these sharks are beautiful and fearful at the same time :)

    Thank you for dropping by. :)

  11. The Quail Says...

    On May 29, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Well done Rachel, great layout of pictures, well written, extremely educational and just an all out great piece of work.

  12. Rachel Says...

    On May 30, 2008 at 2:04 am

    Hi ‘The Quail’

    Thank you for your kind words and support :)

  13. The Quail Says...

    On July 25, 2008 at 8:50 am

    namaste rachel,great article.

  14. Rachel Faye Says...

    On July 27, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    Hi Quail

    Thank you again for your support :)

  15. Gary Says...

    On June 26, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    man sharks are awesome i had to right a story about them in school and if enyone finds another good website u should email me my email is

  16. Parisa Says...

    On July 3, 2009 at 6:13 am

    the shark in Antalya in Turkey is a hoax, there are none in Turkey.

  17. saskia Says...

    On October 2, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    the most dangerous shark is a shortfin mako shark.

  18. Taylor Thomas Says...

    On January 6, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Irregardless is not a word. In the tiger shark section it should be changed to regardless. That is one of my biggest pet peeves. But This was really educational I learned a lot.

  19. Amanda Says...

    On April 27, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    this sharks r really dangerous but, I will still go swimminq at the beach but I still be safe wen I go siwmminq :) 3)

  20. G'anna Says...

    On October 7, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Those Are Nice Phoos It Caught MY EYes Lol Sharks Are Cool But Would NEver BE In A Water WIth Them :-)

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