Incredible Facts about Sharks
in the Caribbean

Facts about SharksAlthough sharks are highly feared by many, the more facts about sharks that you know, the more you will grow to understand them and their importance in this world.

On my scuba diving adventures in the Caribbean I have had shark encounters but it is always great to get to know interesting tidbits before hitting the water.

  • They are as ancient as dinosaurs, they've been here for over 100 million years.

  • Its internal structure is made up of cartilage unlike humans who have bones as a skeleton.

  • The biggest fish in the world prize goes to the Whale shark.

  • Sharks occupy only 30% of the ocean waters with some shark species preferring warmer climates like the Caribbean.

  • Sharks found in the Caribbean are the Tiger shark, Bull shark, Whale shark, Hammerhead shark, Great White shark, Caribbean reef Shark, Nurse Shark and Lemon Shark.

  • Not all Caribbean sharks are interested in eating meat such as the whale shark which eat plankton.

  • Sharks eat 2% of its body weight in food and the may not eat again for months.

  • Sharks may be at the top of the food chain but they get eaten by killer whales from time to time.

  • They are mostly indifferent to humans unless provoked or their habitat is being threatened.

  • While scuba diving you will commonly find nurse sharks dwelling at the bottom of the ocean floor.

  • Hammerheads have impeccable senses because of the shape of its head. With an excellent sense of sight and smell.

  • Even though it is very docile whale sharks are currently endangered due to overfishing.

  • One of the most abundant and protected areas to see a wide variety of sharks is in the Bahamas.

Conserving the shark population is the only way to ensure that they are around for generations.

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