Statistically, it is incredibly rare for any species of shark to attack people, but when they do the results can be so horrific as to fuel our imagination of monsters. Sharks strike fear into our hearts, but at the same time, these ancient fish fascinate us at a primordial level. Many more people are bitten by other people than by sharks, still, sharks are hardly cuddly friends. And while the probability of you being attacked by a shark is low, you probably don’t want to meet one of these guys in the ocean.
10. Hammerhead Shark
The Hammerhead Shark or more probably the Great Hammerhead Shark, since Hammerhead is actually a family of sharks which are hard to tell apart for the casual observer, especially when he’s biting your foot off.
The Great Hammerhead, the largest of the hammerhead species, reaching up to 20 feet and weighing 1300 pounds, is also the most aggressive of the Hammerhead species.
His unique look definitely helps to stir our deepest fears but also helps him to see all around him. Despite his extra-weaponized look, the hammerhead shark has attacked humans only 17 times.
9. Blacktip Shark
A larger specimen of Blacktip Shark can reach up to 8 feet in length and weigh around 220 pounds, but what he lacks in size he makes up in spunk.
With his small size, he’s generally not considered as being dangerous to humans, but the Blacktip Shark has been responsible for 41 recorded attacks, but only one attack was fatal.
8. Sand Tiger Shark
The Sand Tiger Shark probably has a worse reputation than he deserves. The fact he is called ‘tiger’ and frequently roams the Surfline putting him into contact with humans does not help his cause.
Sand tiger sharks are responsible for 29 attacks on humans, though none have been fatal. Many of these attacks involved spear-fishing and the fish were the likely intended targets.
7. Blue Shark
The Blue Shark is one of the most wide-spread and common shark species, but being a deepwater species, he rarely comes into contact with people.
The Blue Shark has been recorded attacking humans 13 times. Most attacks come directly from fishing with some from shipwrecks on the open ocean.
6. Bronze Whaler Shark
The Bronze Whaler is a larger shark reaching over 10ft in length and weighing around 675 lbs. Despite his size, he is a fast powerful swimmer. The Whaler does pose a threat to humans and has been implicated in quite a few attacks. He has been known to harass spear fishermen. He has been implicated in a number of unprovoked attacks on swimmers and surfers along the east coast of Australia.
The Bronze Whaler Shark is responsible for 15 attacks on humans since 1580, including at least 2 fatal attacks.
5. Shortfin Mako
This shark has been recorded at up to 46 mph and some scientists suggest he can go much faster. With this speed, the mako shark can make incredible leaps out of the water. One problem is that this often lands him in the middle of a fishing boat and he has been known to inflict severe injuries out of the water.
This lean eating machine has 10 unprovoked attacks on record, with 3 fatalities.
4. Oceanic Whitetip
The Oceanic Whitetip is a capable killer with powerful jaws, bold nature, and often large size – the biggest specimen recorded was 13 feet. He is known to engage in feeding frenzy behavior and his attitude is to take whatever is available.
He has 10 attacks on record with a number of fatalities.
3. Tiger Shark
The striped tiger shark is aggressive and has attacked humans a recorded 111 times. He’s also completely indiscriminate when it comes to food, even eating garbage.
The Tiger is the fourth largest of all sharks with specimens reaching well over 16ft and weighing over a ton.
He is, without a doubt, the most dangerous shark in the tropics and accounts for the majority of attacks in Australia and Hawaii.
2. Bull Shark
The aggressive Bull Shark is responsible for over 100 attacks on humans. His willingness to eat anything and unique ability to enter fresh water systems don’t help his bad reputation.
This highly territorial, aggressive shark will attack other species that it feels threaten his territory and that includes humans. It is reported that 1/3 of Bull Shark attacks end with a fatality.
1. Great White Sharks
Number one on any list of sharks, well perhaps not on the 10 nicest sharks , the Great White Shark is, without a doubt, the most dangerous of all sharks and the statistics back this up. The Great White actually has no interest in eating humans and it seems most attacks are mistaken identity or the shark just being inquisitive. However, a three-ton shark giving an inquisitive nibble can involve the loss of an arm or a leg or a life.
The King of the Sharks and guest star of many nightmares, the Great White Shark is the most dangerous shark on Earth, with over 400 recorded unprovoked attacks on humans, of those about 20% are fatal.
Throughout this video, we’ve shown you statistics of “non-scary” things that are actually much more deadly to humans than sharks. If you weren’t paying attention, you might want to go back and watch. Why? Because it’s the sharks that need protection from us. Many species of sharks are near extinction because of man’s destructive powers, including the Almighty Great White. These prehistoric creatures are fascinating for far more than just their kill stats.