Seeing a shark or ray on a dive is always special. Whether it is your first time, or you are an experienced shark diver. To see these incredible animals in their natural envionment is wonderful.

You might see sharks and rays on a normal dive, keep your eyes out for pelagic species out in the blue, but also in and around whatever marine environment you are diving in - shark and rays have made many marine ecosystems their home. 

You might be travelling to a shark or ray hotspot, where they come together to feed, mate or be cleaned.

You may want to take part in a dive where sharks are attracted closer in by the scent of bait, or even a shark feeding or cage dive.

To ensure the experience is a positive one for both you and the shark here are some simple steps to follow.

  1. Do some research before you travel. Ask the dive operators about the dives you want to do. Get recommendations. Do your best to ensure the dive centre you go with has the best interest of the sharks and rays, as well as your safety, at heart.

  2. Listen carefully to the dive breifing and always follow the instructions of the dive leader.

  3. Do not touch, chase or harrass the sharks or rays in any way. 

  4. Be aware of your surroundings, ensure you can see you dive leader in case new instructions are given. It is easy to get distracted. Make sure you dive within your training and experience levels.

  5. Wear black or dark colours.

  6. Share your great experiences with others and record your sightings on Shark Log

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