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Friendliest Sharks You Can Swim With


Sharks are notorious for being aggressive against human beings. This list of the friendliest sharks will disprove that stereotype. There are many sharks that do not really exhibit aggressive behavior unless directly antagonized. You can even swim with and take photos with these friendly sharks.

Caribbean Reef Shark

Friendliest Sharks You Can Swim With
Friendliest Sharks You Can Swim With

This shark is about ten feet long. You can identify it with its dusky gray color. There is also a triangular extra top on their dorsal fin that separates them from the rest of the sharks. This type of shark is particularly rampant in the Atlantic Ocean, Brazil, and Florida. The Caribbean reef shark is not aggressive but they do like to eat fish and other seafoods. There are even underwater shows wherein divers will let you watch them feed these sharks. They like eating reef-dwelling fishes and some cephalopods.

Nurse Shark

Nurse sharks are known as slow movers because they move really slowly through water. They are harmless to humans unless they feel threatened. They can grow up to fourteen feet long and their jaws are very strong and filled with thousands of serrated and sharp teeth. These sharks can bite you if you make sudden movements but they are generally calm and safe. The colors of these sharks range from yellowish tan to a dark brown color. Others have additional spots and pigmentation. Another striking feature is their long tail. The tail is so long it measures about a quarter of their total length.

Leopard Shark

Friendliest Sharks You Can Swim With
Friendliest Sharks You Can Swim With

The primary reason why leopard sharks are harmless is because they are quick to flee at any sign of antagonization. They are so wary and easily spooked that any sudden movement will cause them to swim away. There is no recorded event of a leopard shark harming a human or a diver. There is one incident where the diver suffered from a nosebleed upon being confronted by a leopard shark. These sharks also live mostly in the shallow waters and you cannot find them swimming below twenty feet. Their diet largely comprises of crabs and small fish.

Angel Shark

This is one of the sharks that barely even looks like a shark. Its physical characteristics make it look like a cross between a flounder and a ray. They have such wide dorsal fins which look like wings. That accounts for their name. You can see this type of shark along the coast of Western America at about only three feet deep. There are very rare cases of a violent attack by an angel shark. As with everything else, they only attack humans if they feel provoked or unsafe. This is also one of the rarest species of sharks in the whole world.

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