Shark Quotes and Captions

Our shark quotes capture some of our fascination with this amazing creature. Many folks look at sharks with a sense of fear. But to write sharks off as just the stuff of nightmares sells them short.

Tip your toes in and enjoy these interesting takes on sharks.


    Ten Best Shark Quotes

    Here are our favorite shark quotes.

    1. You’re more likely to drown in the sea of sameness than get eaten by a shark while navigating new waters.
      Amy Jo Martin
    2. Were the diver to think on the jaws of the shark, he wouldn’t lay hands on the precious pearl.
    3. Without sharks, you take away the apex predator of the ocean, and you destroy the entire food chain.
      Peter Benchley
    4. But as they say about sharks, it’s not the ones you see that you have to worry about. It’s the ones you don’t see.
      David Blaine
    5. I don’t think there’s such a thing as an unprovoked shark attack.
      Peter Benchley
    6. If size really mattered, the whale, not the shark, would rule the waters.
      Matshona Dhliwayo
    7. We provoke a shark every time we enter the water where sharks happen to be, for we forget: The ocean is not our territory – it’s theirs.
      Peter Benchley
    8. For a photographer, sharks are a stirring subject, possessing a perfect blend of grace and power.
      Brian Skerry
    9. I am a shark, the ground is my ocean, and most people can’t even swim.
      Rickson Gracie
    10. There’s nothing in the sea this fish would fear. Other fish run from bigger things. That’s their instinct. But this fish doesn’t run from anything. He doesn’t fear.
      Peter Benchley
    Best shark quotes

    Insights on Sharks

    The shark heart slows down in the cold, just as our own heart would. But what sets it apart is where our heart would simply stop. The salmon shark keeps on ticking.
    Barbara Block

    I have photographed sharks in waters around the globe, and I always want more and yearn to peer deeper into their world. To feed my passion and to raise awareness, I developed a story about sharks for ‘National Geographic’ magazine.
    Brian Skerry

    If in shark-infested waters, don’t assume the fin coming toward you is a dolphin.
    Mary Russel

    Oh, the shark has pretty teeth, dear. And he shows them pearly white. Just a jackknife has Macheath, dear. And he keeps them out of sight.
    Kurt Weill

    Sharks have been swimming the oceans unchallenged for thousands of years; chances are, the species that roam corporate waters will prove just as hardy.
    Eric Gelman

    When the sands are all dry, he is gay as a lark. And will talk in contemptuous tones of Shark: But, when the tide rises, and sharks are around, his voice has a timid and tremulous sound.
    Lewis Carroll

    In a world full of fish, be a shark meme

    Short Shark Quotes

    These interesting shark quotes get to the point quickly.

    Passion, for me, is like a shark – it never stops moving.
    Jack White

    Sharks don’t have scales.
    Dick Wolf

    All sharks were born swimming.
    Rebecca McNutt

    Journalists are like sharks.
    Mustafa Dönmez

    Sharks are being driven to extinction because people want to eat their fins and their flesh.
    Barbara Block

    Pigs eat more tuna than all the planet’s sharks combined.
    Paul Watson

    Sharks don’t target human beings, and they certainly don’t hold grudges.
    Peter Benchley

    I’m just a simple guy swimming in a sea of sharks.
    Don Johnson

    Sharks are the criminals of the sea. Dolphins are the outlaws.
    Tom Robbins

    I’m like a shark. I can’t keep still. Some call me a workaholic.
    Asha Bhosle

    Sharks are naturally peaceful.
    George Wing

    A shark can smell blood.
    Sydney Newman

    The studios will go wherever they smell money. It’s like sharks to the blood.
    Don Bluth

    Short Takes on Sharks

    Humans are a much greater threat to sharks than sharks are to humans.
    Nicholas Boxer

    Sharks are like dogs. They only bite when you hurt them.
    Rob Schneider

    Sharks are intelligent creatures.
    Ronnie Christensen

    I have a ridiculous fear of sharks, but I’d jump in the water in a second for an amazing role.
    Kate Mara

    I’ve swum with great white sharks.
    Rob James-Collier

    I’ve seen sharks in the ocean. It hasn’t made me get out of the ocean, that’s for sure.
    Luke Hemsworth

    Live every week like it’s shark week.
    Tracy Morgan

    What do sharks do on Monday mornings? They get up and start biting. That’s me.
    Gemma Collins

    Always you have to train yourself to swim with sharks.
    Sivaprakash Sidhu

    passion like a shark

    Interesting Sayings on Sharks

    Watching Jaws just scared the living daylights out of me when I was young. I know a lot of people my age who are still petrified of sharks because of that film.
    Ashley Scott

    If you are in the job for glamour, you’re in for the shock of your life. The media is a huge shark pool.
    Trisha Goddard

    Interesting fact: a shark will only attack you if you’re wet.
    Sean Lock

    Sharks are beautiful animals, and if you’re lucky enough to see lots of them, that means that you’re in a healthy ocean. You should be afraid if you are in the ocean and don’t see sharks.
    Sylvia Earle

    The shark is the apex predator in the sea. Sharks have molded evolution for 450 million years. All fish species that are prey to the sharks have had their behavior, their speed, their camouflage, their defense mechanisms molded by the shark.
    Paul Watson

    Are you a man with a conscience, or just a shark who will die when you stop moving forward?
    Roderick Vincent

    There are no true friends in politics. We are all sharks circling and waiting for traces of blood to appear in the water.
    Alan Clark

    The shark has its head to the west and tail to the east, very much the way the Indians would put a human in the ground.
    Bob Carr

    I believe implicitly that every young man in the world is fascinated with either sharks or dinosaurs.
    Peter Benchley

    Appreciation for Shark Week

    When the shark begins to emerge within your reflection, don’t be afraid. Let it completely devour your big head, as you have also taught the beast to consume others. Fear not! You will no longer need it on your odyssey.
    Curtis Tyrone Jones

    One of them hissed-not the hiss of a cat, a long, steady tone-more like the hiss of air escaping the rubber raft that is all that lies between you and a dark sea full of sharks, the hiss of your life leaking out at the seams.
    Christopher Moore

    The only thing on the mind of a shark is to eat.
    Lil Wayne

    I think sharks are beautiful creatures, and I don’t think we should stop going in the ocean because of them. You drive down the road, and you get in an accident, but most people end up driving down the road again. Surfing is when you go into their home, and it’s just a natural part of life.
    Bethany Hamilton

    By the end of the 20th century, 90 percent of sharks, tuna, swordfish, marlins, groupers, turtles, whales, and other large creatures that prospered in the Gulf for millions of years had been depleted by overfishing.
    Sylvia Earle


    If the world’s oceans have had nearly half a billion years with sharks as the apex predators, then the delicate balance of its food webs must rely on their presence in complex ways we cannot possibly predict.
    Steve Backshall

    Somewhere in the ocean, a shark was missing its cold eyes because this man had them.
    Steve Hamilton

    Sharks have swum the oceans for over 400 million years, but we’re threatening this critically important species for the purpose of making soup – it’s sad and wasteful.
    Ted Danson

    Make no mistake. Your relationships are the heaviest components in your life—all those negotiations and arguments and secrets. The slower we move, the faster we die. Make no mistake; moving is living. Some animals carry each other. To live symbiotically over a lifetime. Star crossed lovers, monogamous swans. We are not swans. We are sharks.
    Ryan Bingham

    My position is this. If we can’t protect sanctuaries, if we can’t save the whales, the sharks, the fish, our oceans will die.
    Paul Watson

    Remove the predators, and the whole ecosystem begins to crash like a house of cards. As the sharks disappear, the predator-prey balance dramatically shifts, and the health of our oceans declines.
    Brian Skerry

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    Observations on Sharks

    Beyond their immaculate design, the reason sharks rule the ocean is their complete indifference to everything except feeding, procreation, and defending their territory. The shark does not love. It feels no empathy. It trusts nothing. (And,) It lives in perfect harmony with its environment because it has no aspirations or desires.
    Rick Yancey

    By nature, I keep moving, man. My theory is, be the shark. You’ve just got to keep moving. You can’t stop.
    Brad Pitt

    I’m always swimming forward like a shark. You just keep going, and you don’t rest.
    Nile Rodgers

    I try my best to avoid the sharks of life, but I have had my share of experiences with them, and in those cases, I just have to handle them accordingly. But I do not swim with sharks… sharks swim with sharks.

    Sharks are winners, and they don’t look back because they have no necks. Necks are for sheep.
    David X. Cohen

    In the end, my love for surfing helped me overcome my fear of sharks.
    Bethany Hamilton

    Instead of squirreling away your earnings early in your career, spend on experiences that will enrich your life – like diving with great white sharks. It can expose you to influential people who could open doors for you.
    Blake Mycoskie

    I’m a shark, and I swam in a lot of different ponds, but I’m ready for the ocean.
    Matt Riddle

    When you retire, you don’t get fat and old. C’mon: it’s like a shark. Sharks never stop swimming; that’s when they die. You gotta keep moving.
    Reggie Miller

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    Funny Shark Quotes

    These humorous shark quotes will have you laughing.

    • People don’t need to be scared. I tickle sharks. I do when they swim by.
      Michael Muller
    • You don’t have to swim faster than the shark, just faster than the person you’re with.
      Kevin Nealon
    • I’m afraid of sharks – but only in a water situation.
      Demetri Martin
    • Out here in California, in the Pacific Ocean, the sharks have a bad attitude.
      Katy Mixon
    • That’s not news! When a shark comes out of the water, walks into a 7-11, and bites you in the ass, then it’s news!
      Carlos Mencia
    • Turns out, I couldn’t catch them – or even get close to them. I realized that sharks are amazing, beautiful animals who have absolutely no interest in checking me out.
      Malin Akerman
    • I don’t know a single surfer who would say, ‘Gee, I wish there were no sharks in the ocean.’
      Terri Irwin
    • I’ve never been bitten by a shark, though God knows I had to poke a lot of them in the nose.
      Scott Glenn
    • Drummers are like sharks. They have to move all the time, or they die.
      Pat Smear
    • There’s a cardinal rule that you don’t talk about sharks. If you don’t see it, it’s not there.
      Mark Warkentin

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    Hungry and Adventurous

    It seems the movie Jaws has served as an attitude-setter for peoples’ views on sharks. Here are some other opinions expressed in these good shark quotes.

    The chances of a shark attacking you are so remote. The sea should be enjoyed, the animals in it. When you see a shark underwater, you should say, ‘How lucky I am to see this beautiful animal in his environment!’
    Eugenie Clark

    Sharks are the lions of the sea. They glamorize the oceanic glory.
    Munia Khan

    I still think there’s a big part of the population that has a lot of misinformation about sharks. But I think it’s beginning to change a little bit. As good information about sharks permeates popular culture, things may start to change.
    Brian Skerry

    Sharks aren’t the monsters we make them out to be.
    Yasmine Hamdi

    I don’t think you can be a diver without a shark on the list.
    Natalie Dormer

    I’m obsessed with great white sharks. And I want to dive into the coral of the Great Barrier Reef.
    Sara Sampaio

    Sharks are the most perfectly constructed creatures. Some have survived for two hundred million years.
    Eugenie Clark

    New England waters are some of my favorites – they are some of the richest waters because they are temperate waters and nutrient-rich, and therefore provide food for so many animals, from giant whales to sharks to everything else.
    Brian Skerry

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    Deep Sea Divas

    These shark quotes cover a wide array of opinions on this historic fish.

    Orchestras have often been used to conjure up the natural world: Swans, sharks, trout, but not, as far as I know, the often maligned jellyfish.
    Bill Bailey

    When I went to Australia, I went shark diving. It was called ‘extreme’ shark diving because although we were in cages, we could touch the sharks swimming by. They were huge, and I’m terrified of sharks.
    Taylor Lautner

    Books are sharks… sharks have been around for a very long time. There were sharks before dinosaurs, and the reason sharks are still in oceans is that nothing is better at being a shark than a shark.
    Douglas Adams

    The Bahamas has mangrove nurseries, coral reefs, shallow seagrass beds, and deep oceanic trenches – all perfect ecosystems for sharks. Photographing multiple shark species in exquisite water was the assignment I had dreamed about from the start.
    Brian Skerry

    When I arrived, I felt the spotlight shining brightly on me, and I knew the sharks were ready to strike if I did not pan out and prove myself to be the showman and the player the college ranks had labeled me to be.
    Pete Maravich

    I famously tasted shark fin soup many, many years ago before we understood exactly what was going on with the harvesting of sharks. I’ve consequently come out against it. I make personal choices in my life and stand behind them.
    Andrew Zimmern

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    Sharks FAQs

    Here are some frequently asked questions about sharks.

    When is Shark Week?

    Shark Week on the Discovery Channel begins in early to mid-July and runs for eight days each year. This summer tradition has earned many fans. In 2021, Shark Week ran from July 11 through July 18.

    Are sharks fish?

    Yes, sharks are fish. Living in water, they use their gills to filter oxygen. Sharks are classified in the elasmobranch fish which is characterized by a cartilaginous skeleton.

    How many people die from sharks a year?

    There are about 10 fatalities a year involving sharks worldwide. Compare that number of fatalities involving folks taking selfies which is about 43 per year.

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    Captions for Instagram

    Here are some fun shark captions for Instagram.

    • In a world full of fish, be a shark.
    • Baby shark, doo doo doo.
    • Two giants are going bite to bite.
    • A wild time at sea.
    • Sharks that always steal mako a great bandit.
    • Water you up to, mate?
    • Crazy shark lover.
    • Be brave. Like a shark!
    • All creatures great and big.
    • It turns out sharks love live music as much as anyone!
    • Drop it like it’s a shark.
    • The ocean gets its saltiness from the tears of misunderstood sharks who want to cuddle!
    • Come on in, the water’s shark infested.
    • There’s a legendary shark lurking in these waters.
    • There’s nothing more Jawsome than Shark!
    • I almost don’t trust you if you don’t like Shark.
    • There’s some-fin special about you.
    • How do sharks greet one another?
    • Big shark energy!
    • Go ahead and mako my day.
    • Stay jaw-some!
    • Sharks. I never saw that coming!
    • Tiger sharks will eat just about anything.
    • Why wouldn’t they befriend me?
    • You’ve got me between a rock and a shark place.
    • Where’s my bloody dinner?
    • Sharks only attack because no one will look them straight in the eye!
    • Hangry sharks make the worst ocean floaties.
    • A day among the sharks.
    • I feel like the happiest yet most scared person ever!

    I hope you enjoyed these fun shark quotes.

    By Mike O’Halloran

    Mike is the co-founder and editor of ListCaboodle. While he’s never seen a shark in person, he has watched Jaws several times.


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