Has there been a shark attack in Grand Cayman?

Short Answer:

There has never been a shark attack in Grand Cayman that has resulted in any major injury or death.



Long Answer:

Sharks are very rare in the Cayman Islands, and even if they appear, they don’t attack people.

When you consider that there are hundreds, if not thousands of people swimming in the waters of the Cayman Islands every day, the fact that there has never been a major shark attack is impressive.

Movies such as “Jaws” have given sharks a bad reputation that doesn’t fit reality.

Most sharks are found in the deeper waters where people don’t swim. Usually the only people who see sharks are scuba divers, and even they rarely see sharks.

There have technically been a few rare shark incidents in Grand Cayman, but I don’t consider them “attacks” as most people would imagine.

The below video shows a “Caribbean Reef Shark” going after a scuba diver in Grand Cayman; the diver was lion fish culling in deeper waters that non-divers would never be close to. The below scenario is very unusual, and only happened due to the lion fish culling that released blood into the water.



Most tourists that visit Grand Cayman stay on or near Seven Mile Beach.

Seven Mile Beach has no sharks. It is extremely safe, and there are literally hundreds, if not thousands of people swimming at Seven Mile Beach every day. There has never been a shark attack here.

Popular tourist snorkel spots such as the barrier reef in North Sound and Stingray City are also very safe. Most tourists wonder “are there sharks around Grand Cayman?”, but the simple answer is that there are no sharks in any of the areas that people snorkel or swim at.

I have personally been to Stingray City and the surrounding area hundreds of times, and not once have I ever seen a shark.

Our 5-stop stingray eco tour goes to Stingray City, snorkeling at the barrier reef , rum point, starfish point and the mangrove forest, and not once have we seen a shark on this tour.


Picture of Stingray City sandbar in North Sound, Grand Cayman.


There are very few sharks in the Cayman Islands.

It is extremely rare to see sharks, and even if you do, the chance of them attacking you is almost non-existent.

There are no sharks in the main tourists spots such as Seven Mile Beach and Stingray City; the sharks are located in much deeper waters.

If you vacation in the Cayman Islands, and do a water-based activity, then you will have no issues regarding sharks, just like the millions of people who vacation in the Cayman Islands every year.