Shark dreams: what do they mean?

Dreams of sharks are not an uncommon occurrence, although much of the time these dreams are associated with a widespread negative perception of sharks…

Dec 4, 2013 · 3 min read

Dreams are a fascinating aspect of the human brain — a brief (and often blurry) look at your subconscious thoughts, fears and relationships. For hundreds of years, psychologists and esoteric groups have attempted to decipher the meaning behind dreaming and the symbolism it represents in one’s life.

Dreams of sharks are not an uncommon occurrence, although much of the time these dreams are associated with a widespread negative perception of sharks. Online research states that a shark dream holds as much symbolism as dreams about pregnancy, death or desire. Let’s take a look the symbolism behind the appearance of sharks in dreams.

A symbol of fear

Dreaming of sharks can mean that you feel there is an immediate threat close to you. In this case, sharks represent a powerful enemy or obstacle that has you frozen in fear. Rather than running away from this threat, the best solution is to confront the issue that is holding you back in order to advance and move past it.

The self

Dream analysts believe that animals in dreams can represent parts of one’s self or self-identity. Underwater creatures such as sharks may symbolise deep-set emotions hidden in one’s unconscious. As sharks are often associated with the negative — an unjustified perception, but let’s move on — a shark may represent a negative emotional state or the destruction that these unconscious emotions may bring about. Just like people who face personal fears by going great white shark cage diving or skydiving, these emotions must be recognised and dealt with in order to move on.

A shadow

A shark may represent a part of one’s self that you are not acknowledging such as depression, jealousy, anger or resentment.

A negative person in your life

A shark may represent a person in your life who is draining you emotionally or who is greedy and unscrupulous. The negative perception of sharks often represents a creature who goes after what it wants regardless of the consequences its actions may have on the other.


Sadly, the emphasis on shark dreams is associated with negativity and conscious or unconscious threats. In actual fact, sharks are one of the most misunderstood species on earth. If you share the negative perception of sharks, it may benefit you to face your fears and go on a shark cage diving trip. Shark Bookings organises some of the best shark tours and cage diving activities in South Africa. With dives in Gansbaai, Cape Town, Durban and Mossel Bay, you too can change your perception and learn a lot in the process.



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