Diving in the Company of Sharks

Following are a few tips on how one may best behave while diving in the company of sharks. These tips are based largely on my shark diving experience to date (thousands of dives with about 40 species of sharks [I'd have to check my diving logbooks to come up with a firm number] in many locations around the globe and under a wide variety of diving conditions). I hope you will find them interesting and useful.

Oceanic Whitetip Shark (Carcharhinus longimanus)

Great Hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran)

Above all, enjoy the experience. You will almost certainly remember the encounter long after the shark has forgotten you.

A given shark species' disposition may change with its geography.  For example, the Grey Reef Shark (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) is quite pugnacious in French Polynesian and Micronesian waters, but in the far western Pacific and Indian Oceans, the same species is far more 'laid back' in temperament.

Photo David Fleetham david@davidfleetham.com; used with the gracious permission of the photographer.

Grey Reef Shark (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos)



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