Shark Attacks in Singapore Waters

Shark Attacks in Singapore Waters

Shark attacks are less likely now because the world's shark population is cut down by humans for food and clothing. In the last 20 years, we have turned nine-tenths of the ocean's shark population into shark's fin soup and sharkskin boots.

All shark attacks in Singapore
Date Area Location Activity Unprovoked? Fatal?
No date, Before 1963 Area unknown Keppel Harbor, 2 miles from Singapore city center Swimming Unprovoked Non-fatal
10 Nov 1861 Area unknown Location unknown Bathing alongside the American ship Thomas W. Sears Unprovoked Fatal
01 Jan 1926 Area unknown Sea View Beach Dived onto shark from floating stage Unprovoked Fatal
01 Jan 1950 Singapore Harbor Location unknown Diving for coins Unprovoked Fatal
28 Jul 1954 Area unknown Singapore Harbor Closed circuit diving (submerged). Diving to recover jettisoned packets of opium for police Unprovoked Fatal
26 Dec 1966 Area unknown Singapore Wading Unprovoked Non-fatal

No shark attack was recorded in Singapore waters since 1966. Still, there are many who believed that the oceans have been over-fished, forcing sharks to swim closer to the shore and people in search of food.

The white, tiger and bull sharks are the "Big Three" in the shark attack world because, first, they inflict serious injuries; second, they are commonly found in waters close to human activities; and third, they have teeth designed to shear rather than hold.

Tiger and bull sharks are found in the Indo-Pacific region.

Because bull sharks prefer shallow waters, they live near the shorelines of high-population areas, such as Singapore. Not bothered by brackish and freshwater, they frequent estuaries and bays, and often attack people inadvertently or out of curiosity. This is especially true of the Black-tip Reef Shark, whose young will even swim at knee depth.

Although you cannot see anything in Singapore's murky waters, you will start spotting them as you move out to clearer waters.

The common types of bull sharks found in Singapore waters are:

Black-tip Reef Shark

White-tip Reef Shark

Gray Reef Sharks


Nurse Sharks

Nurse sharks also live close to areas of human activities. They are generally harmless to humans if left undisturbed.


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