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Interested in shark tours? Did you know sharks are the ocean’s top predator; the health of the ocean depends on healthy populations. There are more than 1,100 species of sharks and rays around the world. From South Africa to Mexico, responsible shark tours operations are taking a stand to help stop the destruction of the species.
Prefer to watch and learn? Prefer to watch and learn? Here is a terrific 10 min video on the many species of sharks from Sporeking5.
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Did You Know?
Hammerhead Shark Fact:
Hammerhead Sharks are recognized for their oddly shaped heads. The hammer-like shape serves a purpose and allows for the sharks to locate and catch their prey.
With electro sensors in their heads, they can pick up electric pulses from other living creatures nearby. Their wide-set eyes allow them to see more, and their unique sensors act as a sort of “metal detector” allowing them to find prey buried in the sand.
There are 9 species of hammerhead shark, each with a uniquely shaped “hammer”.
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Great White Shark Facts:
Great White Sharks are found on the coast of each continent in the world, except Antarctica. The most concentrated population of Great White Sharks is found in “Shark Alley” in South Africa.
Great White Sharks do not need to feed often. Once they have fed, they can often go up to 3 months without needing to feed again.
While humans have 5 senses, Great White Sharks have 6 which include sight, smell, taste, touch, hearing and electroreception. Electroreception allows them to locate their prey by detecting their electric pulses.
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Tiger Shark Facts:
Tiger Sharks are located from the east coast of North America, south to the east coast of Brazil. They may also be found in China, India, Japan, Africa and the Pacific islands.
The characteristics that Tiger Sharks have are dark, verticle stripes down their sides. The stripes are more prominent when they are young, and slowly fade with age.
Tiger Sharks are scavengers and will feed on almost anything. They have serrated teeth which help to crack open clam shells and turtle shells. They are the second most dangerous shark to humans.
There’s simply no better place to appreciate the magic of this precious little blue planet of ours than the Galápagos Islands. Join us aboard the […]
Length of Trip: 10 days
Take part in an amazing experience and learn about whale sharks. Join a researcher and learn different techniques used to study and protect the gentle […]
Length of Trip: 1 day
Join a marine conservation combination expedition in Fiji and Thailand and have the chance to explore two of the world’s most beautiful coastal regions. Work […]
Length of Trip: 8 weeks
Oceanic Society invites you to the other side of the world to experience ocean life in a way that few other places on Earth can […]
Length of Trip: 13 days
Join one of the leading marine and terrestrial data collection organizations in the Seychelles and support the creation of conservation policies. Participate in giant tortoise […]
Length of Trip: 2 weeks
Join Dr. Demian Chapman, a prominent shark conservationist, on a volunteer expedition to the South Water Caye marine reserve off the shores of Belize. Learn […]
Length of Trip: 8 days
Living up to its ranking in National Geographic Magazine as one of the “50 tours of a lifetime”, this tour is sure to please all […]
Length of Trip: 9 days
Earn your PADI diving certificate when you discover Mexico’s Mesoamerican coral reef and its abundant wildlife. As a member of an international team of volunteers […]
Length of Trip: 4 weeks
Cocos Island National Park, located off the coast of Costa Rica, is internationally revered for its diverse and rare marine life and was named the […]
Length of Trip: 12 days