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Worldwide, there are more than 400 species of sharks. Fifteen of them inhabit the waters off the Oregon coast at least part of each year.
Fifteen species may not seem like many, but they represent enough variety to fascinate shark lovers and phobics alike. In our waters, we have a shark that’s indigo blue and a shark with electric-green eyes. We have one of the four most dangerous sharks in the world and a shark that never eats people but which, when eaten by humans, can intoxicate them.
Click on the links below to learn more about these 15 types of sharks that live off our shore. A size chart of these sharks from largest (up to 32 feet) to smallest (2 feet) is also found below.
If you spot a shark off the PNW coast, The Big Fish Lab at OSU wants to know.
Fill out this Shark Sightings Report form to report any shark sightings in Oregon waters to OSU’s Big Fish Lab. These data are invaluable in learning more about shark movements and numbers in our region.
Although the relative risk of shark attack for humans is minimal, swimmers and surfers can help prevent attacks by following these safety tips from the International Shark Attack File:
Credit and Acknowledgements
The artwork and facts found in Sharks of Oregon are from a brochure of the same name produced by Oregon Sea Grant in 2004. Additional photographs and video are credited throughout the web pages.
Special recognition to illustrator, Duane Raver and original brochure editor, Sandy Ridlington.