Interesting Shark Facts

How High Can Sharks Jump

Spotting a shark hopping out of the ocean water is a breathtaking view to look at, but unfortunately, very few people are lucky to witness the sight. Although the remarkable ability of sharks to jump out of the water is not common in all species, only a few of them are able to leap out. If you have never seen sharks breaching out then you must be curious to know whether sharks are capable of jumping out of the water or if it’s just a myth. If it is so, then how high they can go? Read on to find your answers.

Sharks jump out of the water – how?

Yes! It’s true. Like dolphins, sharks are also capable of leaping out of the water. It has been observed that there might be some reasons behind sharks jumping out of the water. One, they are in a need to attack their prey to become a hunter. Secondly, they try to dodge other predators to escape from their attack. However, sharks also jump out when they see other species jumping out of the water so they just want to do the same thing just for fun. Showing off their abilities.

Sharks jump out of water – why?

You have seen many videos and documentaries of sharks jumping out of the water but have you ever thought about why they do so? No? Sharks rarely come out of the water but mostly jump when they are in hunting mode or to search for food items. They might come out of the water while moving from one locality to another. To feel relaxed. Sometimes the parasites on their skin irritate them a lot, so they simply jump out of the water to get rid of them.

How High Can Sharks Jump?

The jumping of sharks out of the water is not a very common activity. Out of 500 species of sharks, only a few of them are capable of jumping out of the water. Typically, the height of the jump does not surpass 6 to 10 feet but the highest jump of sharks recorded till now is 15 feet in the air.

Which Species Are Capable of Breaching Out of the Water?

Any guesses? Which species of sharks make the highest leap?

Well, let us help you out here.

It’s the Great White shark.

Normally, White sharks can jump about 8 to 10 feet in the air but when they are in a mood, they surf a lot of energy and can jump to the height of 15 feet. Amazing! Do you want to see them jumping? Then you must visit Seal Island near False Bay, South Africa where they jump regularly.

Other than Death sharks, the listed species can breach out as well:

  • Mako sharks: They can jump up to the height of 9 feet.
  • Bull sharks:  They are also capable of jumping to the height of 10 feet.
  • Tiger sharks: They can jump 3 meters or 9 feet in the air.
  • Whale sharks: They can jump 12 feet high out of the water.
  • Bala sharks:  Bala sharks can jump to the maximum height of 6 feet.
  • Thresher sharks:  They can jump to the height of 6 feet.
  • Spinner sharks:  They can also jump over 6 feet in the open air.

Where Can We Spot Sharks Breach Out of the Water?

All over the globe, sharks have been found swimming and floating deep in the ocean water. Nevertheless, there are a few places where you can watch sharks leaping out of the water which are listed below:

  • Kaipara harbor – New Zealand
  • The Coral Sea near the Australian coast
  • Eastern coast of South Africa
  • The northern coast of America
  • Seal Island – South Africa
  • The Atlantic Ocean

Final Words

Like dolphins, sharks are also able to jump out of the water in the open air for a few seconds. Not all shark species are capable of breaching out but only a few of them have the ability of jumping. On average, sharks can jump between 6 to 10 feet but the highest jump made by sharks recorded ever is 15 feet high and the shark species which has an exceptional capability of jumping so high is none other than The Great White shark. Sharks leap out of the water to grab their prey, to escape from danger, or sometimes only for fun.

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Yumna Ahmad

An experienced content writer, photographer, and avid reader amazed by the sea world and its creatures. I am lettin people become fascinated with the ocean planet through my writings.