|For the myth in GTA Vice City, see Sharks (GTA Vice City).|
|For the myth in GTA IV, see Sharks (GTA IV).|
|For the myth in GTA V, see Sharks (GTA V).|
Ever since the release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, players have been debating about the presence of sharks in the game. Many people claim that they were eaten or stabbed to death while swimming. Those who do not believe in this myth usually blame the oxygen level, which some people tend to forget to watch sometimes. Also, players will frequently mistake dolphins for sharks. There are many online photos and videos showing sharks in GTA San Andreas, quite often under the Gant Bridge in the western part of the San Fierro Bay. However, most of the online evidence is the result of mods. Almost all cases of the shark's appearance were described in a different way, which made people believe that all those stories are made up.
There is a shark model in the game's data files, which makes this myth possible, although many people claim that this shark model is Steve Scott's robotic shark from InterGlobal Studios. This explanation could be true because many textures and models from GTA Vice City have been passed down to GTA San Andreas.
The player is able to swap the shark's model with the dolphin's in-game model, which will make sharks spawn in the water in place of dolphins.
On a video released on September 14th, 2014, YouTuber DaviDustin found a shark spawning at the San Andreas Fault Line. On the 13th of January 2018, the YouTuber DarkMythHunter released a video where he was investigating this myth. After going into Blue Hell and approaching the ocean, he finally found a shark after 16 days of searching, without modding the game. Both these videos showcase that sharks will always spawn in any part of the game world with water, regardless of the circumstances, although their spawns are rare.