Are There Sharks in Croatia’s Waters?

Do a search of the words “Croatia’s waters” and you’re likely to find an array of photos displaying Croatia’s stunning natural beauty: clear, bright blue waters and pristine sandy beaches. The islands of Croatia promise sun and relaxation. But does one of nature’s scariest animals swim just beneath the surface of the water? Is Croatia home to sharks? Join us today at Rewind Dubrovnik Boat Trips as we answer that very question.

And while you’re here, be sure to take a look at our Dubrovnik Private Boat Tours: our expert local guides take you out onto the azure waters of the Adriatic to uncover the most magical sites around the picturesque city of Dubrovnik.   

Sharks in the Adriatic?

So, can sharks be found in Croatia’s waters? The short answer: yes. There are up to 47 different species of shark found in the Adriatic, including blue sharks, bull sharks, tiger sharks, and, yes, even the fearsome great white shark! But despite the occasional sensationalist story, there is little chance of you having any close encounters with sharks. It’s true that in 2008 a diver was attacked by a suspected great white shark but the incident was newsworthy for how unusual it was, rather than it representing any kind of the norm.

If we look at the relevant statistics, we can see that since 1900, there have been 25 shark attacks in Croatian waters, with 14 people having been killed; the last such incident was in 1974. If, by comparison, we look at the number of shark attacks in the US or Australia during the same period, we’ll see that they have had 1,999 and 1,237 attacks respectively. So, your chances of an unpleasant encounter with the great hunters of the seas is incredibly small. The sad reality is that shark populations have plummeted during the 20th century due to overall drops in fish populations and, therefore, the shark’s food sources, mainly due to overfishing. The statistic that should be making headlines annually is that 100 million sharks are killed each year by humans, the animals often carelessly killed as bycatch — if we do not do more to ensure sustainable fishing, many species will be at risk of extinction. If there is any danger related to animals in Croatia’s coastal regions, it would be in the form of prickly sea urchins and jellyfish. Simply stay mindful of your surroundings while travelling and you are unlikely to experience any unpleasant encounters — the biggest safety precaution you must take is suncream!

But if the thought of rare shark sightings is enough to keep you from dipping your toes in the waters, why not consider taking one of our Majestic Sunset Dubrivnik Boat Tours — our expert guides take you out onto the azure waters of the Adriatic to admire the most magical sites in the Dubrovnik region. 

Swimming in Croatia’s Waters

The real thing to bear in mind when coming to Croatia is how magnificent the country’s seas truly are. Croatia possesses some of the most breathtaking coastal scenery you are ever likely to see and the water is normally perfect for swimming, diving, and playing watersports. You will find Croatia’s waters crystal clear (making it easier to spot any incoming sharks!), their temperature mild, and there will be plenty of opportunities to explore secluded bays and coves. Hop from island to island in a country that can boast of 2,843 hours of sunlight every year and feel the revitalising effects of getting out into nature. 

In conclusion, you are likely to find Croatia to be one of the most rewarding places to swim in Europe, and once you begin discovering the country’s picturesque islands, bays, and coastal villages, the thought of historic encounters with sharks will be far from your mind! 

We sincerely hope we’ve inspired you to begin planning your trip to coastal Croatia, to explore glowing azure waters in glorious sunshine! If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch

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