Shark species identification

There are over 370 shark species in the world, approximately 140 of which are found in Australian waters. Of all of these species, only a handful pose a potential threat to people swimming, diving, fishing and surfing in the marine environment.

In fact, nearly all attacks in Australian coastal waters have been attributed to just three species: great white sharks, tiger sharks and bull sharks (which are not typically found in Victorian waters). Other potentially dangerous sharks in Victoria include bronze whalers.

The last fatal shark attack in Victoria was in 1987 and was thought to involve a great white shark.

This guide provides an overview of sharks, including those most likely to pose a threat to humans.