Sharks are amongst the most aggressive ocean predators. Numerous people have been attacked by different species of sharks, but a few people actually know that in the majority of attacks humans are mistakenly for pry. The list of the following most dangerous sharks and the number of shark attacks have been gathered according to the International Shark Attack File from the Florida Museum of Natural History.
Most Dangerous Sharks
The data on human fatality caused by Sharks attacks are recoded for the known cases of attack between year 1580 to 2008. In cases where fatalities are equal for two types of sharks, ranking are concluded based one the total fatal and none-fatal shark attacks.
10- Dusky Shark
Known unprovoked attacks on 3 humans, killing 1 person.
The dusky shark is a species of of Requiem shark, which is usually found in tropical and warm temperature ocean waters around the world. Dusky shark can swim to depth of 400 m (1,300 ft). This family of shark migrates seasonally towards the poles in the summer and back to the equator in the winter. Known to travel hundreds to thousands of kilometers, this shark is has been responsible for attacked on people.
9- Oceanic White-tip Shark
Known unprovoked attacks on 5 humans, killing 1 person.
Oceanic White-Tips are slow moving sharks but definitely belong to the most dangerous list of sharks. This shark is known for attacking survivors of ship or airplane crashes in right in the middle of oceans. People who splash in waters trying to swim to safety catch the attention of this shark very easily. This shark has the ability to detect the smallest of the movements as well as scents from miles away. With its large fins it can pretty much glide right through the empty ocean waters while excreting the least of energy, looking for injured prays.
8- Short fin Shark
Known unprovoked attacks on 8 humans, killing 1 person.
The short fin shark is known for its sharp and pointy nose. Short fin sharks fall under the category of large mackerel sharks. Along with their closely related cousins – long fin sharks; mako (Isurus paucus), short fins are listed as some of the most dangerous shark species that are also commonly referred to as a “mako shark”.
7- Black tip Shark
Known unprovoked attacks on 28 humans, killing 1 person.
As the name suggests, the Black tip sharks have noticeable black dorsal fin spots and commonly to exist in the coastal tropical and subtropical waters around the world. Black-tip sharks usually grow to length of 1.5 m (4.9 ft) and can easily take a human leg or an arm in a bite.
6- Sand Tiger Shark
Known unprovoked attacks 32 humans, killing 3 people.
As the sixth species on the list of most dangerous sharks, sand sharks are found worldwide in tropical waters on both sides of the Atlantic oceans. Sand sharks are the only known species of shark to surface for gulps of air, which are they able to store in their stomach. The air taken from the surface will allow these sharks to float motionless in the water as they hunt.
5- Blue Shark
Known unprovoked attacks on 13 humans, killing 4 people.
The blue sharks live in deep waters in the world’s tropical oceans. While they prefer cooler waters, blue sharks are known to migrate thousands of kilometers. They mostly haunt and eat on smaller fish and squid, but they have been seen hunting and taking much bigger prays like humans. As the fifth most human killing shark, blue sharks also go by the nickname of the “wolves of the sea”.
4- Requiem Shark
Known unprovoked attacks on 39 humans, killing 7 people.
Requiem sharks (in all of its species) swim in the warm seas and oceans of the world. Requiem sharks have round eyes and give birth to youngs that are born fully developed. This dangerous shark varies widely in size, ranging from lengths of as little as 69 centimeters (2.26 ft) adult up to a massive length of 7.5 meters (25 ft) adult length, which is as long as a fully grown great white. As the fourth most dangerous shark to humans, requiem sharks have been recorded on a large number of attacks on humans.
3- Bull Shark
Known unprovoked attacks on 82 humans, killing 25 people.
The bull sharks are also known as Zambezi sharks, which are very common in the warm waters of all around the world. What makes this shark so different and dangerous to people is that it can swim up shallow, rivers and pond and has the ability to take on fresh waters as well as salt waters. Swimming along the coasts and up the rivers, the bull shark is well known for its unpredictable, often aggressive behavior and attacks on humans. Various other polls have listed bull sharks as having the most number of attacks on humans than any other sharks.
2- Tiger Shark
Known unprovoked attacks on 88 humans, killing 27 people.
As the ninth most dangerous shark to humans, tiger sharks can rip through the ocean waters at blistering speeds also amongst the top 10 fastest swimmers. Tiger sharks can reach lengths of over 5 meters (16 ft). These massive and dangerous sharks have extremely powerful jaws and are found in many tropical oceans.
1- The Great White Shark: Top 10 Most Dangerous Sharks
Known unprovoked attacks on 237 humans, killing 65 people.
Number one of on top of the most human killing sharks is of course the great white. When talking about the great whites most people can quickly remember the best selling novel and movie Jaws. The great white is also know as the white death. This shark is the largest and the most dangerous specie of shark, growing to lengths of 6 meters (20 ft) in length and as much as 2,268 kilograms (5,000 lb) in weight. The great white shark usually feeds on ocean mammals like seals and larger fish like the tuna and can easily mistake a human for its prey. For this very reason swimmers and surfers usually fall at the risk of being attacked.
To conclude our list let us remember that sharks are not by nature brutal and aggressive towards humans, while it is actually the human specie that is killing millions of sharks on yearly basis. Sharks play a very vital role in the ecosystem of our world and their demise could affect the lives of every human being on earth.
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