Shark Species You Can Find in Tenerife

Tenerife Sharks

Sharks are one of the most common sea species in Tenerife, since it is common for the to live in island waters. In fact, there are a lot of different sharks that are part of Tenerife ecosystem.

However, this does not mean that Tenerife is an unsafe place, but quite the contrary. Tenerife’s beaches are a great place to enjoy relaxing holidays. Sharks do not appear in touristic areas and in case they do, they do not harm humans.

In this post, we’ll be covering everything you need to know about Tenerife sharks.

Sharks in Tenerife and the rest of the Canarian islands

There are a lot of shark species in the zone, but you do not have to worry about that, because they aren’t even close to touristic areas but we’ll cover some of the most relevant one can find in the Canarian islands.

Whether you’re an expert in marine species or just a curious person who finds them interesting, this information will be of great help.

Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus)

Basking Shark in Tenerife

This shark is around the whole Canarian islands during the winter period.  However, the chances of seeing a basking shark aren’t too high, even if you’re in a boat far from shore.

Basking shark is known for being the second largest living shark, just behind whale shark. Taking a look at their natural habitat is simply a great spectacle for people interested in sea creatures.

Whale shark (Rhincodon typus)

As we mentioned previously, this is the biggest shark specie in the whole world, and it can be seen in Canary Islands. This shark came to this part in the 90´s because of the increasing temperature in waters the Pacific Ocean.

Although it’s possible to see whale sharks in Tenerife, it’s more common to find them in La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera, where they feed themselves with plankton as well, and don’t represent a real threat to humans if you don’t get too close.

Hammerhead shark

Hammerhead Shark

This specie isn’t dangerous for humans, and is very common in Tenerife´s waters. Its population is in danger, because of massive fishing. They feed themselves with small fishes, which unfortunately are no very abundant  currently.

White shark

This marine species lives on the outskirts of the island. However, it is very difficult to have the chance to see them,  because the white shark is a hunting species, and do not find food near the coasts.


Angelshark is one of the most common species that you can find in Tenerife, and it must be said that unfortunately it is a species that is in danger, due to the existence of certain unorthodox fishing practices.

However, they have been recently seen in Las Teresitas beach and, despite their stingray look alike, they’re actually a shark type.

As you can see, there are many popular shark species going through the waters of Tenerife. However, we wanted to show you what we think are the top five, because in fact there are a lot of shark species.

If you have visited Tenerife and seen a sharks there, leave your comments and impressions! We will love to have your opinion.

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