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16 places around the world to see sharks

SHARKS, WHO SAID FEAR?

SHARKS, WHO SAID FEAR?

Few experiences can be compared to observing a shark in its natural habitat. If you like these animals and are not afraid to get a little wet, here are 16 incredible places to have close contact with these ocean predators.

COCO ISLAND, COSTA RICA

COCO ISLAND, COSTA RICA


With almost 550 kilometers of coast in the Pacific, it is the largest uninhabited island in the world. It was formed by a volcano and is known for its lush vegetation and wildlife. Hundreds of hammerhead sharks inhabit the coast of the island, which is a Costa Rica National Park and was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997. The area is also popular for giant manta rays as well as dolphins, sharks Whale and lots of banks of fish like tuna.

GALAPAGO ISLANDS, ECUADOR

GALAPAGO ISLANDS, ECUADOR

They became famous thanks to the well-known naturalist Charles Darwin. They are known for their variety of wildlife and its green landscape. There are 13 large islands, with six smaller ones and a handful of islets and rocks. Hammerhead sharks in their waters, where they live and hunt in groups. Many scientists are working to conserve island animal populations, including sharks.

THE GREAT BLUE HOLE, BELIZE


THE GREAT BLUE HOLE, BELIZE

At 112 km off the coast of Belize is this giant submarine well. This hole measures 125 meters deep and 299 meters wide, equivalent to almost three football fields. In fact, it is a cave below the surface of the ocean formed of limestone. Underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau declared it to be one of the best places to dive in the world when he visited it in 1971. Nurse sharks are considered 'nice giants' and occupy a prominent place in the shallower waters of the hole. Hammerhead sharks, Caribbean reef sharks and blacktip sharks also reside in the waters of the blue hole.

PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES

PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES

This region of islands, with a large and main, is located just north of Malaysia, in the Pacific Ocean. It stands out for the cleanliness of its waters, its beautiful landscapes and the great variety of marine life. The Tubbataha Reef Natural Park is one of the most popular spots for shark sightings.

Tubbataha has two large atolls, home to a wide variety of fish and sharks. The nest is in the northern part of the island of Palawan and has a reserve where you can observe the highest concentration of sharks, especially reef sharks, hammerhead sharks and guitar sharks.

SURIN ISLANDS, THAILAND

SURIN ISLANDS, THAILAND

They are located northwest of the mainland of Thailand, in the Andaman Sea. This archipelago of five islands is a National Park and home to a lot of sharks, especially whale sharks.

Large spotted sharks are particularly common in this area, so much so that locals call the Surin Islands the 'whale shark magnet'. Ko Surin Marine Park and Richelieu Rock are especially famous for watching whale sharks.

PENINSULA OF YUCATAN, MEXICO

PENINSULA OF YUCATAN, MEXICO

A meeting point between the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan peninsula has a variety of wildlife, including the large, quiet whale sharks. At the end of the southern tip is Holbox Island, a territory of 43 kilometers in the Yucatan Channel. It has been identified as the area with the highest concentration of whale sharks and is a protected wilderness area.

MAAYA THILA, MALDIVES

MAAYA THILA, MALDIVES

Just north of the equatorial line of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives and its more than 1,000 atolls of coral appear. Maaya Thila is one of its most famous dive sites and a protected marine area, where numerous coral sharks live.

BIMINI ISLANDS, BAHAMAS

BIMINI ISLANDS, BAHAMAS

Being the most western islands in the Bahamas, 80 miles off the coast of Florida, Bimini is synonymous with scuba diving. A large number of bull sharks are installed in this area, allowing them to dive with them thanks to the use of cages. It is also easy to see the hammerhead shark in Bimini Bay, as well as tiger sharks, mawks, nurse sharks and Caribbean reef sharks.

LAGUNA BEQA, FIJI

LAGUNA BEQA, FIJI

The picturesque Beqa is about 15 minutes by boat from Fiji and its large number of breathtaking places to dive with sharks and other marine species. This has made it one of the favorite destinations for many tourists and divers. Tropical blue waters make fish look like they come out of a movie. It is home to many bull sharks, black and white point reef sharks. It is also possible to see lemon, tiger and nurse sharks.

OBAN, SCOTLAND

OBAN, SCOTLAND

The coastal town of Oban lies at the eastern end of Mull Bay and the Kerrera Strait (northwest of Scotland). The peregrine shark is seen as almost prehistoric with its thick dark skin and short muzzle. They can be seen in Scottish waters during the summer months, when they migrate there to feed and mate.

RHODE ISLAND, UNITED STATES

RHODE ISLAND, UNITED STATES

To be a small state, Rhode Island has many coastal cities. Its ideal location on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean makes it a good place to see large numbers of sharks. The waters warm in the summer months, making it a welcoming destination for these animals, especially the mako. Many ships destined for their observation sail from the southern ports, such as Judith and Narragansett Bay.

SOUTH CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES


SOUTH CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

With its fast speed, the mako shark can travel easily along the coastal waters. They have been seen all over the world, but have developed a particular taste for the warm Pacific waters of Southern California, especially San Diego. Young Makos are in these waters and scientists believe that female makos travel here to have their young.

MONAD SHOAL, PHILIPPINES

MONAD SHOAL, PHILIPPINES

The Philippine island of Malapascua is the only place in the world where divers can see a whipping shark on a regular basis. Monad Shoal is an underwater island, with a drop of 198 meters at the edge. With a population of parasitic fish, the sandbar is cleaning place for larger fish and perfect feeding for the fox shark.

FALSE BAY, SOUTH AFRICA

FALSE BAY, SOUTH AFRICA

Located directly across from Cape Town, False Bay is the mecca of great white sharks. The overwhelming presence of sea lions in these waters creates a real spectacle of nature, watching as white sharks jump over the water to eat them. In this area is what the locals know as the Ring of Death, which is used by large sharks to feed on seals.

FLORIDA COAST, UNITED STATES

FLORIDA COAST, UNITED STATES

Jupiter, a town located north of West Palm Beach, is a popular destination for large, powerful lemon sharks. Here, the Gulf Stream carries hot, nutrient-rich water to the coast, making it an ideal place to dive. Lemon sharks are frequent during the months of December to March, and are believed to be a meeting area for mating.

FIM OF THE CAYMAN

FIM OF THE CAYMAN

The gray hawk shark lives in this deep spot of the Caribbean Sea, which lies between Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Although most sharks have five gills on their heads on either side of their body, the hawk shark has six gills and can grow up to 4.8 m in length.

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