This post was most recently updated on December 13th, 2020
A very few numbers of sharks have been spotted in Cyprus in the last few decades. In May 2020, a blue pointer Mako shark was seen by a fisherman, and he even captured a video of it. 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.
Experts say these Sharks are harmless because they “here to breed, not to feed.”
The blue pointed shark seen in May 2020 was spotted near the coastline at lady’s mile beach. The fisherman who saw it from a far distance thought it’s 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.
Dennis Ekins spotted the Sandbar Shark seen in May 2019 before it headed back out to sea, and he told the news reporters that he felt “very lucky” to have seen it.
Has there ever been a shark attack in Cyprus?
A Shark in Cyprus in 1901, September 23, had attacked a teen male at Larnaca in Southern Cyprus. The teen guy was swimming while the shark came and bitten him on his arms, legs, and chests. Specialists said the shark was 2 meters long, and his bite was fatal. After that, no other cases have occurred.
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
- Angular rough shark
- Atlantic catshark
- Basking shark
- Bigeye sixgill shark
- Bigeye thresher
- Bignose shark
- Blacktip shark
- Blue shark
- Bluntnose sixgill shark
- Bramble shark
- Bronze whaler shark
- Dusky shark
- Longfin mako
- Longnose spurdog
- Spinner shark
- Spiny Dogfish
- Starry smoothhound
- Thresher shark
- Tope shark
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.
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