In Thailand, the three most-commonly seen species are the Whitetip Reef Shark (Triaenodon obesus), the Blacktip Reef Shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus) and the Zebra Shark (Stegostoma fasciatum). Whitetip Reef Sharks & Zebra Sharks are both nocturnal hunters, so they tend to sleep during the day.
What sharks are in Koh Samui?
The blacktip reef shark is identified by the black tips on its fins, long thin body and a big mouth. They are known to swim into brackish water near the mouth of a river to hunt for food. These sharks are not aggressive and usually feed on small marine animals. They are also known to swim up to divers and demand food.
Is it safe to swim in Thailand?
The clear warm waters are enticing, and are pretty safe for most of the year. The sea does contain dangerous creatures, such as sea snakes, lionfish, stonefish and jellyfish. However, it’s only really jellyfish that could concern swimmers, and these are not much of a problem on Thailand’s Andaman coast.
Are shark attacks common in Thailand?
Shark attacks are incredibly rare in Thailand, with it having been more than 50 years since a person was reported to have been bitten by a shark in the country. Both bull and blacktip reef shark rarely attack larger prey, the Thai marine expert noted.