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Bull shark experience with Dragon Divers
No experience in the open ocean can compare to diving with the bull shark. This dive is truly exhilarating, unique and will forever change your perception of these powerful predators.
The dive is set on a sandy bottom around 20 – 25m (65 – 80 ft) deep. Usually, 2-10 females are swimming around, minding their own business, doing their shark thing. We are just the observers: we do not provoke, we do not feed, attract or interfere. We are the dragons swimming with the sharks.
Transportation, fresh water, 100% natural juice & snacks are included in our offer.
*Dragons’ bonus: If you have your own equipment we will take care of it during your holidays.
bull shark dragons
Looking for: Experience that will change your perception of the ocean, living creatures and add a new diving perspective
Difficulty level: Advanced
Requirements: Advanced divers with more than 25 logged dives*
What’s included: One bull shark dive and one reef dive
What to expect: True power of nature, harmony, freedom, a bit of an adrenaline
Duration: 7.30am – 1.30pm
Price: 90 USD
*If you don’t meet these requirements, you can do a check-out dive previous to the shark dive so dragon instructors can evaluate your diving skills
Diving with bull sharks in more details
Every year, female bull sharks return to their breeding ground in the shallow waters in front of the coast of Playa del Carmen. The bull sharks are in their natural habitat and WE DO NOT interfere in their ‘normal’ life in any way.
Before we start: Diving with the bull sharks certainly is an unforgettable experience for every diver. In order to take your part in this thrilling adventure, you need to understand your abilities, to stay calm in the water, so you can fully enjoy the life around you. We dive slowly, smoothly, calmly. We are guests at home of the bull shark, so we behave like that. We respect, watch and enjoy these amazing creatures.
Safety and professionalism: Dragons are professional guides, diving instructors and dive masters. They’ll make sure you enjoy every bit of your dive. It’s required that you carefully listen to their brief and follow the dive plan. Proper equipment (full wetsuit, no bright colors) is required. You can rest assured that the experience will be safe and fun.
Free photos: During the whole dive videos and pictures will be taken. We are using a GO PRO camera. At the end of the day, we’ll watch the material together and we’ll gladly transfer it to your memory cards.
Pick up – drop off: Transportation from and to any hotel is included. You just need to show up.
What to bring: Swimsuit, towel. Smile and good spirit are a must.
If we are lucky: We cannot guarantee how many bull sharks (if any) we’ll see. If we’re lucky, they’ll show up and allow us to enjoy their company, observe their daily rituals and witness all the power and the beauty of the mother nature.
For those who want to know more
Description: The bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas), get their name from their short, blunt snout, as well as their pugnacious disposition and a tendency to head-butt their prey before attacking. They are medium-sized sharks, with thick, stout bodies and long pectoral fins. They are gray on top and white below, and the fins have dark tips, particularly on young bull sharks.
Size:7 to 11.5 ft (2.1 to 3.4 m), weight:200 to 500 lbs (90 to 230 kg). Bulls can be found cruising the shallow, warm waters of all the world’s oceans. Fast, agile predators, they will eat almost anything they see, including fish, dolphins, and even other sharks.
Distribution and habitat: These special hunters are migrants. They are found in many various areas including Oceans, rivers, and even some fresh water lakes! They tend to stay in warm and moderately deep waters around 30 to 150 meters (150 to 500ft) deep.
It seems the Bull Shark favors the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. Some of their favorite rivers include the Brisbane River, Amazon River, Ganges River, Brahmaputra River, Potomac River and the Mississippi River. They have been spotted several hundred miles upstream in these rivers, but typically stay within 100 miles of the Ocean. No attacks on humans have ever been recorded in these rivers.
Offsprings & social life: These sharks are Viviparous, which means pup sharks develop in the womb of its mother, similar to humans. Typically, the pregnancy period is about 1 year, usually during the summer months but sometimes in early autumn as well. Pups are about 60cm (24in) and mothers give birth to 5 to 15 pups at once. A Bull shark is one of the more social species and sometimes they even hunt in groups. There is still quite a bit of mystery surrounding their social structure, but it seems females tend to have dominance over males.
Bull sharks are currently not threatened or endangered. However, they are fished widely for their meat, hides, and oils, and their numbers are likely shrinking.
If you have more questions or need additional information, please give us a call. We’ll do our best to help you out or make a tailored made offer to fit your needs.