Sharks are not necessarily bad, but it’s good to know your limits when you encounter them on our Gulf waters. Just in time for summer, Common Sharks of Florida, SGEF-203, offers illustrations and facts about the most common sharks encountered by beach goers and recreational anglers.
Florida’s shark population is diverse and includes species that range in size from only a few feet
to more than 40 feet in total length. Experts caution sea-goers to beware of sharks 6 feet or
longer due to the damage they can cause in a single bite. Among the species that grow to this
size and have been known to attack humans are bull sharks, tiger sharks and great white sharks.
Whites are seasonal visitors to Florida waters, and bulls and tigers are year-round residents,
along with these other common species.