Are There Great White Sharks In The Red Sea?

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You may be off to dive the Red Sea and you’d like to know if great White Sharks live there. Let’s take a look…

So are there great white sharks in the Red Sea? There are no great white sharks in the Red Sea, as whilst the waters in the Red Sea range from 21-30°C (69-29°F), which drops to the great white sharks temperatures range of 12-24°C (54-75 °F), the white sharks would have to swim through the Arabian Sea, which doesn’t drop below 27°C (81°F).

The above answer may disappoint you if you’re hoping to see great white sharks in the Red Sea. But on the other hand it may be a relief if you’re scared of great whites.

As an aside, in this article about where to find great white sharks, you may be as surprised as I was to discover some of the places where you find great white sharks! Place number 6 is the one that surprised me the most, but if you live in the States, you may be more surprised at places two, three and four.

But first, just because there are no great white sharks in the Red Sea, this doesn’t mean there are no sharks at all. In fact the Red Sea is home to many sharks species, which include oceanic whitetip sharks, hammerheads, grey reef sharks and whale sharks.

Many ask about the difference between great white sharks vs oceanic whitetip sharks. If you’d like to find out more, I’ve written this article: Oceanic Whitetip Shark vs Great White Shark: Main Differences + Any Similarities.

For a list of some of the most common sharks you’ll encounter in the Red Sea, you might like to take a read of this article, which includes videos of each shark found there: Are There Sharks in Egypt and the Red Sea?

Also, please don’t leave before you watch the video in this articleWhen you’ve got your answer about great white sharks in the Red Sea, you may like to watch the video on this article too. I almost don’t want to spoil the end of the video, so all I will say is it involves a carcass, many sharks and a single grouper…you may be surprised at what happens, I certainly was!

Temperature barrier for great white sharks to enter the Red Sea

Red Sea and Arabian Sea Map for route of great white sharks
Map of Africa, Arabian Sea and Red Sea – image courtesy of Google Maps.

There are no great white sharks in the Red Sea, as there’s a temperature barrier, which is the Arabian Sea. The average temperature of the Arabian sea is 29.5°F (85°F), and does fall below 27°C (81°F), which is above the maximum temperature a great white will tolerate, which is 24°C (75°F).

If this wasn’t the case, it is entirely possible that the Red Sea would be home to great white sharks in the cooler months, as the sea temperature can drop to 21°C (69°F).

This is similar to why great white sharks swim up to the southern point of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, as the water temperature drops in the winter months.

To find out more about great white sharks in the Great Barrier Reef, which includes a video of a large white shark that swims up to a snorkeler, please read this article: Are There Great White Sharks In The Great Barrier Reef?

But on the other hand, the reason why there are no great white sharks in the Red Sea is a similar reason why there are none in the Maldives either.

But having said that, you may like to read this article about greát white sharks in the Maldives, as a great white shark found in South Africa was pinged near to the Maldives: Are there great white sharks in the Maldives? (Is it safe to swim and dive?)

As can be seen in the above image, if a great white shark were to follow the east coast of Africa from South Africa, it would have to pass through the Arabian sea in order to get to the Red Sea.

If you’d love to scuba dive in the Red Sea, why not consider diving from a Red Sea liveaboard. You can choose a Red Sea liveaboard from the following table:

I hope you enjoyed this article about are there great white sharks in the Red Sea

I’d love to hear from you. Tell us about your adventures of diving and snorkelling. Please use the comments section below. Please also share your photos. Either from your underwater cameras or videos from your waterproof go-pro’s!

If this article hasn’t answered all of your questions. If you have more questions either about snorkelling or scuba diving (or specifically about are there great white sharks in the Red Sea), please comment below with your questions.

There will also be many more articles about scuba and scuba diving safety tips (and on snorkelling too) for you to read and learn about this fabulous sport.

Have fun and be safe!

Are There Great White Sharks In The Red Sea?

Article written by Russell Bowyer who has been a scuba diver since diving on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia in 1989. After his first dive he trained as a BSAC diver in the UK. He attained his Diver Leader certification with BSAC. He then went on to become a scuba diving instructor, teaching others how to dive and was voted as Diving Officer and Treasurer for the Saffron Walden BSAC club too. Russell has dived all over the world, including the UK, on liveaboards in the Red Sea, the Caribbean, South Africa and the USA. Russell is experienced in all dive types, including drift diving, deep dives that involved decompression stops and recreational dives too.

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