20+ fearsome and fascintating vintage shark illustrations!

Sharks! The most fearsome and fascinating of all the fish. While most of us instantly think of Jaws and great whites, that reputation isn’t quite fair #notallsharks. They’re a mind-boggingly diverse group of animals with all kinds of sizes, habits and temperaments. I’ve been lucky enough to swim with two of the more even-tempered types – whale sharks and sand tiger (or grey nurse) sharks (well who knows maybe I’ve unknowingly swum with others – eeek!).

However you feel about them, there are some wonderful vintage shark illustrations in the public domain for us to enjoy. Many of them are from early marine biology science books and are lithographs or chromographs, as was the popular image-making method of the time. These are all free to download and use as you wish, so I hope you enjoy!