The Red Sea and the countries that border it
If you are planning a vacation to a seaside resort in Egypt, Sudan or Saudi Arabia, you may be wondering what kind of sharks are in the Red Sea that you should look out for?
The Red Sea is surrounded by mountains on all sides, and indeed consists of very deep water apart from a shallow ledge around the coastal resorts and villages.
This makes the water suitable for swimming near the shore, and a paradise for divers who want to explore the deep warm waters and coral reefs that grow so well in the Red Sea.
Shark diving excursions can be the highlight of your vacation, and there are many dive operators ready to take parties out into the deep Red Sea waters where you can be lowered into shark-infested waters from the safety of a cage.
Sharks lurk in the deeper waters by day, and come out to feed at dusk, unless tempted out by the chum thrown overboard by the shark dive operators.
As these deeper water are very near the coast, you could be splashing about in the shallow water with your family, completely unaware that a fearsome predator lurks nearby.
For this reason, it is safer not to swim in the sea between dusk and dawn. It is safer still to stay near to your hotel swimming pool and well away from the Red Sea.
So, what kinds of sharks are in the Red Sea, and are there any dangerous ones?
Kind of sharks in the Red Sea and their Danger Level
|Shark Species||Latin name||Dangerous to humans|
Great White Shark
Sharpnose sevengill shark
Starspotted smooth-hound shark
Arabian smooth-hound shark
Common Thresher Shark
Common Thresher Shark
Pelagic thresher shark
Grey reef shark
Oceanic whitetip shark
Blacktip reef shark
Sicklefin lemon shark
Whitetip reef shark
Tawny nurse shark
Sand Tiger Shark
As you can see from the chart, all three of the most dangerous sharks in the world inhabit the Red Sea, as well as a multitude of others, some dangerous and others less so.
The sharks labelled as 'potentially' dangerous are a mixture of the following:
- Big fish with sharp teeth that hardly ever come into human contact.
- Small fish with sharp teeth that have been known to bite when disturbed.
- Small fish with sharp teeth that have been known to join in a 'feeding frenzy' and bite anything that moves multiple times.
You are highly unlikely to meet any of them unless you are actually in the water at some point, in which case it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the kind of sharks that live in the Red Sea.
As some are completely harmless, it is a good idea to learn which ones they are. On the other hand, if you treat all Red Sea sharks as potentially dangerous, you are more likely to stay safe.
Red Sea Dive Operators
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Shark Diving in Red Sea
Knowing the kinds of sharks that are in the Red Sea is important for people who want to swim with sharks, or cage-dive with sharks.
This is a tremendous experience, getting up close to those amazing fish.
It is very important when swimming with sharks that you never annoy a shark, or be tempted to pull on its tail, perhaps to get it to turn round for a photo opportunity.
Sharks are potentially very dangerous creatures.
Their bodies are made from cartilage. This gives them the strength and dexterity to whip their heads right round to their tail lightning quick.
So your pulling or poking on its tail could easily result in you losing your hand, should the shark take offence
Sharks teeth are mainly designed for slicing and they can take your hand right off with one bite.
If you are offered the use of a shark cage, use it. Do not be tempted to put your hand out through the cage to stroke the shark.
Sharks are magnificent animals, but please give them all the respect they deserve.
Zia Uddin from UK on November 26, 2018:
I like this hub on sharks in the Red sea. Voted up.