Sharks – 5 species

  • Whale Sharks
  • Leopard Sharks
  • Bamboo Sharks
  • White tip Sharks
  • Black Tip Sharks

The classic view of Sharks describes a solitary hunter, ranging the oceans. However, this applies to only a few species. Most live far more social, sedentary, benthic lives. Even solitary sharks meet for breeding or at rich hunting grounds, which may lead them to cover thousands of miles in a year.

Sharks are a group of fish characterized by a cartilaginous skeleton. sharks have diversified into over 505 species.They are present all over the world.They range in size from the small dwarf lantern shark, a deep-sea species of only 17 centimetres (6.7 inches) in length, to the whale shark the largest fish in the world(which reaches approximately 12 meters).

There are 4 types of sharks in Phuket.

You can find them in different spots:

Funny fact : Shark skin is composed by an assembly of teeth.


Whale Shark

Whale Sharks Swimming with a Diver

Whale Shark Swimming with a Diver

The Whale shark is easy to recognize, indeed it is the largest fish in the ocean.

Although it’s one of the biggest animals of the sea it is also one of the most inoffensive.

This giant of the Ocean use his enormous mouth very wide to filter large amounts of water for small fish and plankton.

You can usually see Whale Sharks around the Similan Islands from November to April.

If you want to know much more about the Whale Shark clic on the Pelagic Section.

Leopard Shark

Leopard SharksSometimes called the Zebra Shark, the Leopard Shark is easy to recognize with his blacks spots, which makes him look like a Leopard.

Leopard sharks are carnivorous, they forage for clams, worms, crabs, shrimp, squid, fishes, and everything they can find on the bottom of the Ocean.Leopard sharks prefer near shore, shallow waters less than 20 feet deep and tend to hang out near the bottom.

You can find them in Koh Phi Phi, Similan Islands and Koh Racha Noi

The Leopard Sharks got unique Spots which is unique for each Shark.

White Tip Reef Shark

White tip Reef Sharks

White tip Reef Shark

This species is easily recognizable by its slender body and short but broad head and white-tipped dorsal and caudal fins. One of the most common sharks found on Indo-Pacific coral reefs also the Whitetip Reef is a very social fish. They often stay in large groups.

We can see them in Koh Phi Phi and Shark point

The White-Tip reef sharks use to hide himself during the day and hunt at the night. They’re known to be curious, they can come closely to investigate about the swimmers but it rarely bites.


Black Tip Reef Shark

Black Tip Reef Sharks

Black Tip Reef Shark swimming in the ocean

One of the most popular sharks in Thailand, he is active all day long but he got a peek of activity during the night.

Social hierarchies and dominance varie depending on the habitat of various shark populations, but a social structure is almost always apparent.

They are known as curious animals and they accept that other species come into their territory. Black reef sharks feed mainly on bony fishes, with cephalopods such as squid and octopus.


Bamboo Shark

Bamboo Sharks laying on the sand

Bamboo Shark laying on the sand

This sharks lives close to the reefs it is a Benthopelagic fish (he is living usually on the bottom of the sea but he use to go up during the night to hunt fishes).

They usually eat the small fishes and the cephalopods such as quid and octopus.

Like many sharks he suffered fishing, but he developed some ability to survive outside his environment for a while.

You can find them in:

Shark point

Koh Dok Mai

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