Dangerous Sharks in the Mediterranean Sea
As recently as June 2019 news items appeared showing what looked like a Great White Shark of the coast of Majorca.
For the first time in more than 40 years, a great white shark has been recorded swimming off the Spanish Mediterranean island of Majorca.
A wildlife conservation group captured footage of the shark wandering around the Cabrera archipelago.
The last confirmed sighting of such a fish in the Balearic Islands was by a fisherman in 1976.
According to a documentary from 2007, 27 great whites were caught by fishermen around the Balearic Islands between 1920 and 1976.
Great whites can weigh up to two tonnes, grow to lengths of 20ft (6m) and reach speeds of 40km/h (25mph). See more from the BBC report.
The three most dangerous sharks on the planet are believed to be present in the Mediterranean. (Gulp!)
- Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), though there were only 10 sightings between 1985 and 2015.
- Tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier), though its presence has not been confirmed.
- Bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas); again its presence is suspected but not confirmed.
There are many other dangerous sharks in the Mediterranean, including:
- Blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus)
- Smooth hammerhead shark (Sphyrna zygaena)
- Scalloped hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini)
- Great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran)
- Shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus)
- Grey nurse or sandtiger shark (Carcharias taurus)
- Sandbar shark (Carcharhinus plumbeus)
- Spinner shark (Carcharhinus brevipinna)
- Copper shark (Carcharhinus brachyurus)
- Blue shark ( Prionace glauca )
- Sharp-nose sevengill shark (Heptranchias perlo)
- Oceanic whitetip (Carcharhinus longimanus)
If you would like to read more about sharks in the Mediterranean Sea then check out this link.
Let’s not worry about this though. IN THE International Shark Attack File, seven of the 23 known killer species are found in the Mediterranean. Of these, the Blue Shark is probably most dangerous to bathers. Most shark attacks in the Mediterranean are off the coasts of Italy, Yugoslavia and Greece.
There you have it! Unless you are Italian or Greek, your not on the menu.
One of the last fatal accidents happened on February 2, 1989, in the Tyrrhenian Sea, off the coast of Italy. The victim was the 47 years old diver Luciano Costanzo, who was fatally attacked by a giant great white shark while diving off the coast of Italy with his friend.