Sharks are beautiful, powerful creatures that are widely misunderstood. This has led humans to hunt them for centuries, to the point where they are nearly extinct. Making it increasingly difficult for humans to interact with wild sharks. With these 5 tips, you are sure to have a safe,
1.Where in the world can you find sharks?
Sharks exist in every ocean, but there are hotspots where you are more likely to see sharks, and there are ways to attract them. Different species of sharks are more abundant in different areas. For example, La Paz, Mexico is well known for attracting juvenile whale sharks between December and March, due to their safe, shallow waters full of microscopic sea creatures which make up their diet. By contrast, South Africa is famous for their high concentrations of great whites. If you are looking to see a specific species of shark, you should look into where the best locations are to see them, and what times of the year they are most common. Some shark species will even return to the same location year after year to mate, while some are known to migrate based on changing water temperatures
2. When am I most likely to see a shark?
Sharks are nocturnal animals, meaning they are most active at night. This does not mean you won’t see sharks during the day, but that at night, sharks are more awake and looking for food. A great way to see sharks is by going on a night dive. Most dive shops will offer night dives as an
option, although you are usually required to have your Advanced Open Water certification or comparable training. Night dives provide an entirely new perspective on the ocean and can offer you a unique dive experience, even on a familiar reef.
3. Do sharks often attack divers?
No. Scuba divers are some of the few people in the world lucky enough to have regular shark encounters, and are very[, very rarely attacked. Humans are not a part of a shark’s diet. That being said, like all animals, sharks will attack if they feel cornered, or threatened.
4. How to stay safe if you see a shark
First, and most importantly, STAY CALM. The most important thing to do when you see a shark is to keep your cool. Sharks are generally very timid, and if they swim towards you they are curious, you are not being threatened. The next important thing is not to turn and madly swim away. Prey typically swims away as fast as possible, you do not want to give the shark the impression that you are prey. Instead, I would encourage you to enjoy the experience!
When you are in the water with a shark, it is important to keep in mind they are wild animals. Do not swim directly towards them, touch them or try to feed it. These actions will put you at a much higher risk and should be avoided. If you want a wild shark encounter, we suggest you go with a known shark diving company. This will ensure that you are with professionals who understand shark behaviour and can help keep
you safe. When looking for a reliable shark diving company, we recommend looking at their safety record, experience and reviews. Cabo Shark Dive has a 100% safety record, and experienced diving with all different types of sharks. Let us show you why we are so passionate about sharks!
5. How can I help endangered sharks?
This is one of our favourite questions because
Humans are sharks’ biggest predators. Between the shark finning industry and the hunting that humans have done over the past 70 years, the shark population has decreased significantly, to the point of nearing extinction. Sharks have been around since before the time of the dinosaurs, and through our actions, we have nearly killed all of them. If you are interested in seeing these animals before they go extinct, Cabo Shark Dive offers tours throughout the year, where the majority of the time we see at least one of these three species of sharks.
This massive decrease in population is why it is so important we take action now! Through education, we hope that people will be less likely to hunt sharks, and less likely to support the finning industry. That’s why we at Cabo Shark Dive strive to further oceanic research and education efforts. The diving community can make real change, and help preserve this incredible species. The only question left is, will you take action?