The Galapagos shark is a large, potentially dangerous shark, sometimes known to approach boats or swim up to divers out of a sense of curiosity.
Few sharks can rival the beauty and classic shark form of the Galapagos Shark. Getting it's name from it's original discovery in waters off of the Galapagos Islands, this shark can grow up to 10 feet long, and has a dark gray top with an off-white belly. Although they have been implicated in attacks on swimmers, like many sharks, these sharks are not normally dangerous to humans. You can go scuba diving with them safely, if you simply follow a few common sense rules, such as observing them from a distance, and not chasing, harassing, or teasing them with food.
How do you
know when you've got yourself
When provoked or threatened, this shark will exhibit a "hunched back" posture, bowing itself up as if it was hunched at the shoulders. Then it will swim at you in a classic figure 8. pattern. Imagine a fish pressed up against the glass of an aquarium, swimming in little figure 8's as if it was trying to press its nose through the glass. This is the display of a Galapagos shark when it is trying to warn you to leave it's territory. So if you see this display and the shark is moving in your direction, vacate the area!
Where can you find Galapagos sharks?
sharks, as with so many sharks, can occur in the waters of virtually all
oceans, but they are most likely to be found in the waters of the
tropical seas along Mexico, South America, Africa, and the Pacific
Islands. They have a preference for clear, tropical waters. A coastal species, they prefer a rocky or coral bottom to a sandy one,
and will cross open waters between islands.
More Interesting Things About Galapagos Sharks
Galapagos sharks eat prey taken from the ocean floor including bottom-dwelling squid, fish and octopus, and they are comfortable in water anywhere from 15 to 200 feet deep. Their pups will flee to shallow water shortly after birth, which act as nursery grounds to avoid being eaten by their own parents! Check with your dive operator to determine the best chances for viewing within the local area.
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