A shark cruising effortlessly in the water projects both power and elegance. When you see that iconic dorsal fin and sleek body, a tingle of excitement rushes through your body. Seeing one of the ocean’s most amazing and robust creatures up close is a truly incredible experience.
Shark encounter tips to remember
Here are some tips to make the most of your swimming with shark experience in Mexico.
Do your research
To enhance your shark encounter, you might want to brush up on your knowledge about sharks. Read about the individual characteristics and behaviors of species that you are likely to encounter in Mexico. Some of the possible sightings in the area are mako sharks, hammerheads, blue sharks, and silky sharks.
Pay attention to the briefing
A short introductory video will be shown before you take the plunge. Watch carefully to learn the important aspects of swimming with sharks. A briefing will be given onboard which emphasizes diver safety. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask your guide. Follow all the protocols to ensure a fun, safe, and unforgettable experience with sharks.
Enter the water quietly
Enter the water as quietly as possible to avoid disturbing or frightening nearby sharks. A controlled seated entry is recommended to avoid a noisy entry.
Respect the sharks’ world
Keep in mind that you are a mere visitor in the underwater world. When you visit this marine environment, it is only fitting that you respect the sharks and all the creatures that dwell in it.
Under no circumstances should you touch or chase a shark. It is a wild animal that will defend itself if it somehow feels threatened. Do not give the shark a reason to go after you. Observe quietly from a safe distance and keep your hands to yourself.
Keep an eye on each other
Always keep an eye on your swimming buddy and stay close to your group. However, it is not advisable to stay clustered in a big group because sharks may perceive it as a single, big animal that poses a threat.
Don’t lose sight of the shark
Sharks are great when it comes to the art of stealth. Always keep visual contact at all times to avoid it from sneaking up on you unexpectedly.
Stay calm and quiet
Seeing a shark up close for the first time can be an exhilarating experience. For some, it can be quite overwhelming but one of the keys to a successful shark experience is staying calm and quiet. Avoid fast and erratic fin kicking as not to disturb the normal activity of the shark. If you spook the creature by your disruptive behavior, chances are you might drive it away. Another thing you don’t want to happen is to draw the animal’s attention to yourself.
Exit the water smoothly and quietly
When it’s time to go back to the surface, swim directly towards the pre-planned exit. Follow the dive plan and do not linger in the water. Upon reaching the boat, make a quick and efficient exit.
Responsible shark encounter
Support responsible shark encounter activities. Baja Shark Experience follows a well-organized itinerary when it comes to swimming with sharks in Mexico. We practice effective communications and protocols to ensure the safety of everyone. Our team also ensures that all the equipment is in good working condition before the trip.
Relish the experience
Snorkeling with sharks is one for the books. Enjoy every bit of this incredible encounter. Want to tick off this entry in your bucket list? Join us on our next trip and experience the unique thrill of swimming with one of the ocean’s greatest predators.