If the ocean waves are calling you every time the surfing season starts, you need to be prepared. This also includes investing in some quality surfing gear and paying attention to ocean dangers, especially sharks.
But, even a harmless ride with your fishing boat can turn into a disaster if you’re not aware of the dangers lurking from the ocean waters. This list of the most dangerous species of sharks should be consulted periodically by all water sports enthusiasts, including fishers, surfers or divers.
The Great White
The subject of the famous movie “Jaws,” the Great White is considered the second most perilous sea mammal, after the Blue Whale. The animal is credited for 65 human fatalities since official measurements started being made, but you can rarely encounter it as it mainly prefers deep water.
However, unlike its depiction in the movie, The Great White shark is in fact, extremely intelligent and curious. Although it prefers the flesh of sea lions and seals, there have been reported around 250 unprovoked attacks on humans.
Females can reach an average size of 14 feet, while males are smaller, around 10.5 feet long. This shark can consume up to 30 pounds of flesh per bite, so there is a significant chance of internal organ failure or bleeding to death if you encounter this animal in the water.
The Tiger Shark is credited as the second most dangerous shark for humans, according to the International Shark Attack File. These ferocious ocean predators are known for their aggressivity and insatiable appetite. They are responsible for a large number of attacks in the waters of Hawaii, Australia, and the tropics.
Despite its large dimensions, the Tiger shark is very fast, and its razor-sharp teeth can even penetrate the hard shell of sea turtles. Just as the Great White, it only takes one bite for the Tiger shark to decide whether or not you’re a good meal.
Its curiosity is responsible for over 150 attacks on humans and the death of 27 people.
It is believed that the Bull shark is actually responsible for more than 121 attacks. It can be found worldwide in warm waters and is one of the few species that can be spotted both in freshwater and saltwater so you may encounter these sharks in rivers, along coasts or in the ocean.
There were bull sharks spotted swimming as far as 700 miles outside the ocean, in the Mississippi River, but also in the African waters or in Nicaragua.
Another particularity is that the Bull shark can be found in waters as shallow as those where humans swim or walk in them. It is very territorial so people might disturb its habitat without even knowing it.
Just like other species, female bull sharks are bigger than males, weighing up to 694 pounds. On average, a male shark weighs 210 pounds and is approximately 7.5 feet long.
Oceanic Whitetip Shark
This shark was once scattered in waters all over the globe, but in the past two decades, it was estimated that a decline of over 70% of its total population happened. The Oceanic Whitetip prefers warm and deep waters with temperatures higher than 64 degrees Fahrenheit.
This animal has a reputation of being the first to arrive when ships sink, and its encounters with humans were common enough during World War II.
Requiem sharks are actually a family gathering around 50 different species. They can be particularly dangerous for fishers but not for those using a regular long fishing rod and reel. On the contrary, fish that are caught and struggle on a spear usually emit a low-frequency vibration that is quickly picked up by the sophisticated requiem sharks.
These animals are known to hunt alone or in groups, can smell blood from a long distance, and have big mouths with sharp and serrated teeth.