My Momma said: “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’ll get” Forrest Gump. We say: “Marine life is diverse in species- you’ll never know whom you’ll be bitten under the water”. Explore the bamboo sharks, cat sharks, whale sharks, zebra sharks. Find out requiem sharks: black tip sharks, lemon sharks, dusky sharks, galapagos shark, silky shark. See also hammerhead.
The desire to see sharks on dives and the added cachet of having 'survived' has led to the growth in a sub-industry of the dive world that involves encouraging sharks with bait. The feeding of sharks to encourage sightings has generated a great deal of debate in recent years.
SIZE: to 420 cm (14 ft.)
“Sphymidae” ID: Gray with white underside; head flattened and extended to either side with front edge slightly curved, rear edge of ventral fin curved. Similar Scalloped Hammerhead distinguished by deeply scalloped "hammer". Solitary and considered dangerous. Oceanic, rarely on reefs in 3-75 m. Circumglobal: Tropical and warm temperate seas.
Tiger Requiem Shark
SIZE: to 550 cm (18 ft.)
ID: Gray with dusky bars and patches; large head and mouth with short bluntly rounded snout, long slender tail with pointed tip. Solitary and considered dangerous. Coastal and offshore reefs to at least 75 m. Circumglobal: Tropioal and temperate seas.
SIZE: to 1800 cm (59 ft.)
ID: Huge; dark gray with white underside; numerous white spots scattered on head and arranged in rows and bars on body; broad mouth, ridges on side of body, enormous tail. Solitary. Open clear waters in 0-40 m, often near surface and occasionally around reefs. Circumtropical
SIZE: to 100 cm
ID: Pale brown with darker saddles and widely scattered dark brown spots; stout body with relatively small dorsal, anal and tail fins, no barbels or flaps on head. Solitary. Rock or sand bottoms of primarily continental shelf waters in 18 - 220 m.Asian Pacific: China, Japan and New Guinea.
Brown-banded Bamboo Sharks
SIZE: to 105 cm
ID: Brown to grayish brown, may retain hint of juvenile banded pattern |next]; long slender body with pectoral and ventral fins forward of dorsal fins. Solitary, in open at night. Rest on bottom of coastal reefs and trawling grounds in 1- 85 m. Indo - Asian Pacific: Madagascar and India to Indonesia and Philippines, north to S. Japan
ID: Intricate network of dark-edged spots in shades of brown; broad, flattened head with continuous fringe of branched tentacles around mouth. Solitary Rest on bottom of sheltered coastal and barrier reefs in 1-15 m. Localized: N. Australia. Indonesia and S. New Guinea