If there is something that represents a real adventure in tourism is to be able to see sharks, and to swim with them. If you thought this was only possible on a trip to the Caribbean, you must be aware that in Spain, you can do this too. Did you know that it is possible to see sharks in the Canary Islands?

If you are interested in knowing what kind of sharks we can find in the Canary Islands, keep reading this post we have prepared for you. Discover these enigmatic and interesting creatures in the waters surrounding the Canary Islands.

Sharks in the Canary Islands: the greatest adventure of your life

Every year, the waters of the Canary Islands are visited by thousands of tourists who look for fun in its beaches, towns, restaurants, and nightlife to escape from routine.

However, they are not the only ones looking for the beauty and richness of these Atlantic waters; different species of fish take refuge in the Canary Islands to enjoy the ecological richness of the place and, among them, sharks stand out.

But, wait a second! No need to leave the beach in panic. Contrary to what you may be thinking right now, these animals stay away from the coast and always seek to swim in deep, open waters.

The sharks that visit the area turn out to be very peaceful, eluding humans and being spotted by some divers without causing any incident.

Therefore, if you want to try your luck to see sharks in the Canary Islands, we encourage you to practice scuba diving with one of the specialized companies in the area that offer scuba diving and snorkeling services. Scuba diving is the perfect activity to include in your trip to the Canary Islands, and increase your chances of spotting a shark.

Sharks in the Canary Islands: types and areas where to find them

Let’s take a look at the species of sharks in the Canary Islands that you will see. This way, you will be prepared to identify them if you spot one during your diving session!

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Angel Shark

One of the most peaceful and little known sharks that we can see in the Canary Islands is the Angel Shark, especially in the south of the island of Gran Canaria and in Tenerife.

It has a very particular shape that resembles of a stingray. It is a flattened fish that can reach up to 2.4 meters. The Canary Islands are a sanctuary for these marvelous specimens. The intense hunting that has threatened their populations in other areas makes the Spanish archipelago one of their last peaceful redoubts.

Whale Shark

This giant is the largest fish on the planet and also lives in the deep waters of the Canary Islands. It is suspected that the change in water temperature in the archipelago makes its migration to the archipelago much more frequent.

Although it is not common to find it, those divers who have come across this impressive creature (remember that they can measure up to 12 meters) assure that it is one of the most shocking experiences of their lives. The areas where these immense creatures have been sighted are near the islands of El Hierro, La Gomera and La Palma.

White Shark

Another giant that is also known to be making trips around the Canary Islands is the Great White Shark. Despite its bad reputation, this type of shark turns to be a species threatened by indiscriminate fishing. It is not exactly one of the most common sharks to see in the Canary Islands, but some have been spotted near La Gomera and Tenerife.

Basking Shark

In our list of sharks that you can see in the Canary Islands, we could not miss the basking shark. This is the second largest shark (reaching up to 10 meters in length) after the whale shark, so, it is worth watching for its immensity and beauty.

It is one of the few sharks in the Canary Islands that can be seen on boat trips, as they always come to the surface.

Shortfin Mako Shark

This is the most common of the sharks that can be spotted in the Canary Islands. For those who usually go on fishing boat trips (especially near Tenerife), it is easy to encounter this powerful and fast fish. Especially, when there is swordfish season, as it is their main predator.

Hammerhead Shark

One of the most enigmatic sharks in the world, that also lives in the Canary Islands waters, is the hammerhead shark. In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, its presence has been documented several times. It is quite a spectacle for those divers who have been lucky enough to come across with one of these specimens.

Its particular head and its little known life habits make it a very interesting species. It has had a very bad reputation over the years, along with the white shark, but it is a calm shark that usually avoids humans.

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Visit the Canary Islands and discover its sharks… If you dare!

As you have seen, sharks in the Canary Islands are also part of the rich aquatic ecosystem of the area. Undoubtedly, one of the many attractions that the islands offer to the most adventurous tourists who want to organize a getaway and fall in love with the archipelago differently.

At Lopesan Hotel Group, you can book the ideal accommodation for your trip to the Canary Islands. Let yourself be surprised by whatever the Canary archipelago has for you. We will take care of your accommodation and pampering. We are waiting for you!



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