Are There Sharks In Cyprus? [Updated: 2023]

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Are there Sharks in Cyprus

Very few numbers of sharks have been spotted in Cyprus in the last few decades.

Hey everyone, welcome to Today in this article, we are going to learn about sharks in Cyprus. This article is going to be jam-packed with information, so please read till the end to have a better understanding of Sharks in Cyprus.

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In May 2020, a blue pointer Mako shark was seen by a fisherman, and he even captured a video of it. It was spotted near the coastline at lady’s mile beach. The fisherman who saw it from a far distance thought it was probably a dolphin. He wanted to see it properly, so he went closer. When he reached near, he realized it was a Shark and not a dolphin.

The shark was attacking a sea turtle when the fisherman saw it. You can see yourself in the video.

The Department of Fisheries and Marine Research Cyprus said that the shark belonged to the Isurus oxyrinchus species. They also said, Mako sharks usually don’t eat Turtles. They are known to feast on swordfish, tuna, and other sharks. Mako Sharks are endangered species.

Before that, also in May 2019, a sandbar shark was spotted near the coast of Ayia Eirini near Morphou Bay.

A shark was also seen off the coast in Paphos in February 2019 by some local fishermen. They caught the shark and later released it as it is classified as a Near Threatened species.

Are there dangerous sharks in Cyprus?

Experts say the Sharks that are found in Cyprus water are harmless because they are “here to breed, not to feed.”
Most sharks are not dangerous to humans. Despite their scary reputation, sharks rarely ever attack humans and would much rather feed on fish and marine mammals.

However, some shark species, such as whale sharks, allow humans to approach, touch, and swim with them. Sharks are more of a shy creatures, hence their degree of friendliness is not that high.

Does Ayia Napa have Sharks?

Ayia doesn’t have sharks. No sharks have been spotted in Ayia Napa. You can have fun on Ayia Napa beaches without any fear of sharks. People have been swimming, snorkeling, and diving in Ayia Napa waters for many years and have not seen any sharks. You will be safe as long as you take all the usual relevant care.

Has there ever been a shark attack in Cyprus?

shark attack in Cyprus

When was the last shark attack in Cyprus?
A Shark in Cyprus in 1901, on September 23, had attacked a teen male at Larnaca in Southern Cyprus. The teen guy was swimming when the shark came and bit him on his arms, legs, and chest. Specialists said the shark was 2 meters long, and his bite was fatal. After that, no other cases have occurred.

Does Protaras have Sharks?

Protaras doesn’t have sharks. No sharks have been spotted in Protaras. You can have fun on Protaras beaches without any fear of sharks. People have been swimming, snorkeling, and diving in Protaras waters for many years and have not seen any sharks.

Are there Sharks in Blue Lagoon Cyprus?

No sharks have been spotted in Blue Lagoon Cyprus. Blue Lagoon doesn’t have sharks.

Are there great white sharks in Cyprus?

great white sharks in Cyprus

The great white shark also known as the white pointer shark can be found in coastal surface waters of all major oceans. However, there are no great white sharks spotted in Cyprus. Great white sharks are decreasing in numbers and are rare due to years of being hunted by man for fins and teeth, and often as a trophy for sport fishing.

What kinds of Sharks could be found in the Cyprus waters?

There are different species of sharks that could be found in Cyprus. Some of them are as follows:

  • Mako Shark
  • Sandbar Shark
  • Angelshark
  • Angular rough shark
  • Atlantic catshark
  • Basking shark
  • Bigeye sixgill shark
  • Bigeye thresher

Sharks are found in Cyprus but not in a higher number. People these days create hype over social media over anything. Most of the time, when they see, they have seen or spotted a shark, it turns out to be a dolphin, seal, or plastic debris.
Still, sharks certainly can be found in local waters from time to time.

I suggest you read the following article to know Cyprus better.

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