Ready for an unforgettable, action-packed big fish encounter in the Mexican Caribbean this winter, when up to 10 pregnant females visit the shallower waters in front of Playa del Carmen to give birth to a litter of up to 13 pups each?
With each Bull Shark dive you contribute to the conservation of those sharks, as Pro Dive International donates US$5 of your diving fee to the local non-profit organization Saving Our Sharks, and actively supports their projects.
Ask us about SHARKSCHOOL – December 2-9, 2023 – a seminar with Dr. Erich Ritter’s team from the University of Zurich.
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Every year during the winter months (Dec – Mar) when the water temperature drops a little, between 2 to 10 of those solitary hunters can be usually seen in the area of Playa del Carmen. We give you the chance to enjoy this thrilled and fantastic experience by taking a closer look at these incredible creatures. We are proud to take part in an educational program to teach about them during this sensational trip but also inform our divers and disperse consciousness.
Diving with the bull sharks must be done in a controlled and safe way. For this reason we do only send Pro Dive International’s most experienced instructors, and require the following from our divers for maximum safety and fun:
Kick up your adrenalin by diving with Bull Sharks!
Pro Dive International cooperates with the local non-profit organization Saving Our Sharks. Thanks to the continuous scientific work, 20 individual bull sharks could be identified, meanwhile. Some have been named, whereas others can still be adopted.
As one of the very few dive operators in this region, Pro Dive refrains from benefiting from any sensationalism and money-making at the expense of those animals. Read our statement. While our experienced dive guides will do their best for your personal bull shark encounter, please note that there is no guarantee to see them, as the ocean is their home and they could be near other reefs and out of sight during your dive.
1. It’s one of 43 shark species that can live in both seawater and freshwater which means they can be found even in rivers and lakes. They have been reported as far inland as 2220 miles (3700 km) up the Amazon River in Peru and more than 1800 miles (3000km) up the Mississippi River in Illinois.
2. Bull sharks are grey on top and white underneath. They have a small, short snout and small eyes.
3. They are known as Carcharhinus Leucas in the scientific world but also depending on its whereabouts: Zambezi Shark, Nicaragua Shark, or Ganges River Shark.
4. They are named this way because they have blunt snouts and habit to attack the prey by hitting it first in the butt using the heads (just like bulls).
5. Bull sharks are active not only during the night but also during the day.
6. Females are larger than males! A typical female bull shark is 2.4 m (7.9 ft) long and weighs 130 kg (290 lb), while a male averages 2.25 m (7.4 ft) and 95 kg (209 lb).
7. The bigger size of females is the reason why they have longer lifespan than males.They can live for about 16 years, when males up to 12 years.
8. It takes about 10 years until they reach maturity.
9. They are generally found in water less than 100ft (30m) deep.
10. Bull sharks eat almost everything! Their diet mainly consists of bony fish, invertebrates, sea turtles, birds and dolphins.