Last Updated on May 31, 2021
Have you been having strange dreams about different animals lately? Interpreting your dreams can be a helpful tool in understanding what is going on around you. Many people don’t believe that dreams can symbolize important things in your life. There is no proof, but that doesn’t mean that dream symbolization doesn’t exist.
If any of your dreams have involved sharks, then keep reading. Like other animals, sharks have significance when appearing in your dreams. Their appearance shouldn’t be taken lightly!
The shark species is millions of years old. This means that throughout history, thousands of cultures have assigned their own meaning to them. The longevity of sharks helps build the symbolization of them so interpretations can be as accurate as possible. You can rest assured knowing that people throughout time have had shark dreams, so you aren’t alone.
Read more to find out what dreaming about sharks could mean for you and those around you. Afterward, you should be able to accurately interpret your shark dream!
What Does it Mean When you Dream about Sharks?
Seeing a shark in your dreams can have a few different meanings, with most of them being negative. Usually, seeing a shark in a dream is not a good sign. Sharks aren’t out to kill humans; however, they are still scary, so it makes sense that dreams about them aren’t that positive.
Sharks are known as a predator, so this is how they appear in your dreams. Most depictions of sharks in the media show sharks are terrifying creatures. For example, movies such as Jaws and The Shallows use sharks that are incredibly violent and out to kill everything in their way. Cultural depictions like this help create a negative symbolism of sharks in your subconscious.
Here are a few things that a shark in a dream can symbolize:
- Fear: This is the most common reason why you are dreaming of sharks. Being in the same water as a shark is terrifying, even if they have no plans of attacking you. A shark near you is an immediate threat to your life. Your subconscious may be telling you about something that is going around that is causing you intense fear. This could also be a sign of something to come. Be sure to take caution when doing things throughout the day, looking out for anything that could cause you to become scared.
- Anxiety: Many people experience anxiety, which can make an appearance in dreams. A shark doesn’t have to be violent to cause anxiety. Sometimes, just knowing one is nearby is enough to cause severe anxiety. If you suffer from anxiety, you may be having shark dreams. While awake, try to find triggers for your anxiety around you. Like the shark, they don’t have to obviously be causing you anxiety. There may be something unexpected in your life, like a person or event, causing the anxiety.
- Vulnerability: Sharks are very large, and humans don’t really have a way to protect themselves from them. Because of this, the shark dream can symbolize any vulnerability that you are feeling. Vulnerability doesn’t have to always be bad though! For example, you could be in a serious relationship with a partner you love but feeling vulnerable to others scares you. To cope, you have built a wall around your feelings. Try trusting those around you more. It’s okay to vulnerable to those close to you.
- A ‘Predator’ in Your Life: Sometimes, your shark dream can be taken literally. A shark is a presence near you that can drain you physically and mentally. Sharks don’t think about the feeling of the life they are about to take, so they can symbolize a greedy person who doesn’t care about what you want. Try looking out for someone around you who don’t care about your feelings.
You can see that sharks appearing in your dream is mostly a bad thing. make sure to take into account the size and type of shark. Larger sharks, like great whites, are associated with a large problem. It is hard to avoid them, and there may be something in your life that you need to deal with before moving on.
Smaller sharks tend to symbolize smaller problems that aren’t as threatening. You shouldn’t pass small sharks off though; they could also symbolize a problem that has been around for a while. For example, if something small has been bothering you for an extended period of time, it may be time to finally deal with it.
Lastly, you can also dream about a shark that you can catch or kill. This could be symbolic of something in your life you will overcome. Instead of turning away from something fearful, you have the ability to directly face it and conquer any challenges that are in your way. Try to be more confident in your life, because this could be a sign of good luck. Your subconscious is basically telling you that re are strong enough to succeed in the face of any challenge!
Dreams about Sharks Attacking Others
Since sharks can symbolize a looming threat, a shark attack symbolizes the accident or event taking place. Sharks can appear attacking others in your dreams, which is also significant. Many cultures believe that the spirit world is warning you of immediate dangers by having a shark attack occur in your dreams.
If a shark attacks someone you know in a dream, take this as a serious sign. They may be in immediate danger. While you may not want to think about it, the dream could symbolize death. Check-in on loved ones near you both before and after a shark attack dream. Try talking to loved ones and ask about their psychical and mental health.
You can also dream about sharks attacking people that you don’t know. This stranger could be a reflection of yourself. By this, I mean that there could a part of you or your life that is threatened. Maybe coworkers are taking credit for your work. In this situation, the shark could be your coworker with the stranger symbolizing your hard work.
Shark attack dreams seem to be rare, but this is all the more reason to take them seriously. Most people don’t frequently dream about sharks.
What Does a Shark Symbolize in the Bible?
Sharks aren’t directly mentioned in the Bible, however, there are references to them. In the Bible, God created every living animal, meaning that sharks are his creation. Many people view sharks are scary animals that want to kill, but this isn’t entirely true. They may be scary, but they have their own ‘job’ in the ecosystem, scavenging, and doing their part in the food chain.
Sharks also provide valuable resources to humans. Around the world, many people eat shark, and vitamins can even be extracted from them. Sharks have their place, so they aren’t an unnecessary creation. While they ‘sin’, they aren’t unworthy of God’s love.
Many think that sharks can symbolize relationships between people as well. Before putting your blind trust into something, consider the options. This can be seen in Proverbs 4:26, saying “Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways”. Basically, you should be wary of others because they could impact you negatively.
Sharks can also symbolize Satan. Satan is described as the devil who prowls around, looking for someone to devour. This is characteristic of bigger sharks who spend much of the day hunting for prey. Many people believe that sharks are a manifestation of Satan and are unclean.
Unfortunately, sharks are misunderstood and are associated with threats and negative thoughts in dreams. In real life, sharks are creatures that are just trying to live their lives day to day. Humans have primitive fear, causing these thoughts about sharks.
A basic instinct that all humans share is fear. We are cautious around the unknown, making sharks seem very scary. They symbolize fear and terror in almost everyone, making them the perfect symbol for these feelings in dreams.
To help remember your dreams in the future, try getting a journal to record your dreams when you wake. This will help you track your dreams about sharks and see if there are any connections. Writing down dreams right as you wake up also helps you remember more details, so you can be more alert in your life.
Overall, you should take shark dreams seriously. Now, you know about shark dreams and what they could possibly symbolize. It’s hard to say for sure what a shark means in a dream, so use your best judgment to decide what meaning is right for you!