=”Bull shark diving with the Akumal Dive Shop in Mexico” width=”300″ height=”209″ class=”alignleft size-medium wp-image-1638″ />It is true and we have done enough Bull Shark dives to prove it. We are writing this post so that should be proof enough. Sharks only bite if you are carrying fish with you, provoke them or the waters are chummed with food and you happen to be in the way. Sharks don’t like humans, really they don’t. We only think we are tasty treats, but we are like the most unappetizing meal for a shark.
People think that the bull sharks just arrived in the Mexican Caribbean. News flash. They have been here longer than we have, much longer, we just thought that no one would want to dive with them. Boy were we wrong. As dive professionals and dive professionals that have been exploring the reefs for 35 years, we have seen many bull sharks over the years and we knew where they lived. But we never thought that people would be interested in them.
So bull shark dives have become popular in the past few years. People want to see them, observe then and break the myth that they want to eat humans. And successfully that myth is being broken. Hundreds of our scuba divers have had the privilege of watching bull sharks in their natural habitat and actually start to understand how these creatures function. There is no feeding, no touching and no poking. We sit in the sand and watch. We have learned more doing this than any other dive activity. Bull sharks are graceful, non-aggressive, and we may go as far as friendly if you keep your distance. A bull shark friendship always has to be kept in perspective; respect, respect, respect. If you give them that, you will also be respected back.
So what is the thrill? If you have a few hours we could tell you, but the best way to catch the thrill is to come to Akumal during the months of February to April and experience this scuba dive for yourself. We would not call it a thrill, we would call it unique, enlightening, amazing, exhilarating. Learning that a belief is not true, in this case that Sharks bite and will always bite, is the thrill of this dive. Dispelling a long held myth and living to tell about it, as you will be alive with all arms and legs at the end of the dive too, is a wonderful experience.
The Bull Sharks in the Riviera Maya are sort of like this; if you don’t see a bullshark on a dive, do they exist? Hell yes, they exist all over the coast, you just need to know where to find them and once you do, respect their territory and observe. You will learn more observing than feeding. And it is a lot safer! The only sharks we know that bite are the sharks on land and we all know who they are!
Want to see the Bull Sharks? Let us know. Bull shark dives are offered each winter and can be reserved in advance through email. Have questions? Ask away. We are happy to teach you about these strong yet beautiful ocean creatures.This entry was posted in Activities, Flora and Fauna and tagged Akumal, Akumal Dive Shop, animals found in coral reefs, buceo, bull sharks, coral, coral reef, deep sea diving, fish, fishes, mar, marine life, Maya Riviera, mayan Riviera attractions, mayan rivieria trip, Mexican Caribbean, observation, ocean, ocean fish, ocean images, ocean photo, ocean pics, ocean pictures, ocean wildlife, oceans, PADI, photo, Playa del Carmen, reef animals, respect, Rivieria maya, Scuba divers, scuba diving adventures, scuba diving in the Riviera maya, scuba pics, sea, sealife, shark bites, sharks, snorkeling, tropical fish, underwater photos, water, water sports. Bookmark the permalink. ← Photo Tuesday in Akumal at the Akumal Dive Shop guide to texting an exboyfriend →