DIVING WITH BULL SHARKS
Diving with Bull Sharks is an exciting experience for the advanced diver. Our shark dives are conducted in a controlled and safe manner at a depths of about 75 feet on a sandy bottom. Our objective is to provide divers with an opportunity of a close encounter with these majestic creatures to get a new perspective on sharks.
Bull shark dives have been conducted in the Playa del Carmen area since several years and have gained a worldwide reputation. Our practice is not to feed the bull sharks during the dive. Although we can not guarantee the sight of bull sharks (after all this is happening in the big pool where we have no control over what's going to swim by), we generally get visited by smaller groups of 3-7 bull sharks on some days and sometimes up to 15 bull sharks on others days.
Please note that we have suspended our bull shark diving services for this season because, unfortunately, too many diving operations in Playa del Carmen are now offering these dives of which many of them are feeding the animals to attract them, which, we believe, will change the animals’ behavior.
About Bull Sharks
The Bull Shark, also known as the Carcharhinus Leucas, Zambezi Shark,
Nicaragua Shark, or Ganges River Shark, has a stocky figure and a broad,
flat snout. They are gray in color along their backs with white
underneath and sometimes have a streak of grey along their flanks as
well. They are short, wide and heavy fish with a second dorsal fin about
only a third of the size of their first one and a caudal fin larger and
lower than other sharks of comparative size. Their small eyes make
scientists believe that their eyesight is poor.
The bull shark is known as one of the top 3 sharks most likely to attack humans (the other two are the Great White Shark and the Tiger Shark). But, we also know that shark attacks are extremely rare…you are more likely to be stung by a bee or struck by lightning…but nonetheless, this shark has been nicknamed "The Pit Bull of the Sea" because of its aggressive behavior.
The bull shark is one of 43 shark species that can live in both seawater and freshwater. Most sharks have the same salt concentration in the blood as the sea water they are swimming in. This is not the case with Bull Sharks. They only have 50% of the salt concentration in their blood which makes them very special as they are able to switch from saltwater to freshwater very easily.