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Sharks In Florida

Florida is home to more sharks than any other area in the world. Here's a list of the sharks you can see with Florida Shark Diving. Florida Shark Diving is the best way to see sharks up close and personal in the United States.

Whale & Seal Watching

TIGER SHARK

Tigers are large sharks reaching up to 18' and weighing over 3,000lbs.  They are heavy bodied and have stripes coming down their sides and across their fins. Tiger sharks can be found on both shallow reefs along with oceanic offshore waters.  Tigers are the second largest predatory fish in the ocean and are deliberate swimmers capable of high bursts of speed.  They often approach divers with caution but can also be very bold. Tigers hunt and scavenge on a number of prey items: fish, birds, squid, whales, dolphin, and sea turtles.

Open Water Dive

HAMMERHEAD SHARK

Great Hammerheads are the largest of the Hammerhead species and are one of the largest sharks in the ocean reaching 20' in length. There are only a few places in the world you can see these sharks and South Florida is one of them. Great Hammers main prey items include: other sharks, stingrays, and fish.

Shark Viewing

BULL SHARK

Bull Sharks are one of the most aggressive sharks in the ocean and are perhaps the worlds most dangerous sharks. Bulls are at home in both offshore and inshore water along with freshwater. Bull Sharks are big heavy bodied sharks that are often found in packs.  They are sometimes wary of divers but if food is present can become very aggressive. They range from 5-14' and can weigh over 1,500 pounds

SCALLOPED HAMMERHEAD

Scalloped Hammerheads are the second largest Hammerhead species. They are a big shark that averages between 6' - 10'. South Florida is one of the only places you can see these sharks consistently and they are one of our main sharks. Scalloped Hammers are fast and can turn on a dime. They feed mostly on fish, stingrays, and smaller sharks.

Whale & Seal Watching

LEMON SHARK

Lemon Sharks are one of the most abundant large sharks in Florida waters. Lemons are big sharks that prefer inshore shallow waters.  They are often seen on shallow flats and shallow reefs on the edge of the Gulf Stream. Lemon Sharks are somewhat docile but are capable of large bursts of speed and aggression. These sharks average around 4' - 7' and can weigh in at 500 lbs.

Whale & Seal Watching

SANDBAR SHARK

Sandbar Sharks are one of our most commonly seen sharks. They are a large inshore species of sharks but can also be found offshore in deeper waters. They are usually found in packs and are built for speed and power. Sandbar Sharks have large dorsal and pectoral fins. They feed mostly on fish, squid, and crustacions.

Whale & Seal Watching

REEF SHARK

Reef Sharks are fast predators that live on both shallow and deep reefs.  Reef Sharks are found throughout the worlds tropical oceans and seen frequently in South Florida, Bahamas, and the Caribbean.  Reef sharks main prey is fish and they often hunt in packs.  Reefs usually give divers space in the water but can become aggressive if bait or speared fish are in the water.  Reef sharks average anywhere from 4' - 8' and can reach 600lbs

Whale & Seal Watching

BLACK TIP SHARK

Black Tip Sharks are inshore hunters that frequent the shallow reefs and flats around Florida.  Black Tips are fast energetic sharks capable of fast speeds and jumping capabilities when in pursuit of prey. Black Tips feed on a variety of prey including other smaller sharks and fish.  They average 4-7' and can weigh in at 350lbs.

Whale & Seal Watching

MAKO SHARK

Mako Sharks are one of the most aggressive shark species.  They live and hunt almost exclusively in offshore waters miles from shore.  Makos are capable of large bursts and sustained speeds of over 40 mph.  Makos feed on a variety of prey including tuna, swordfish, other sharks, and dolphin.  Here in Florida they are encountered in the deep waters of the Gulfstream.  Makos can grow to over 12' and weigh over 1,200 lbs.

Whale & Seal Watching

DUSKY SHARK

Dusky Sharks are large requiem sharks that live in both deep offshore and shallow inshore waters. Duskies are highly migratory and often cover large distances in their lifetimes. Here in Florida they are often seen on inshore reefs and in deep Gulf Stream waters.  Duskies feed mostly on fish and other smaller sharks.  They average anywhere from 5' - 12' and can weigh close to 1,000lbs.

Whale & Seal Watching

SILKY SHARKAdd

Silky Sharks are a true offshore shark. Silkys will rarely see water less then 100' their entire lives. Silky Sharks are expert hunters and are constantly on the hunt. They are sleek sharks build for speed and long travels throughout the oceans. Silkys are one of the main sharks we see and one of our favorite because of they fearless in general and always put on a great show for our guests.

Whale & Seal Watching

NURSE SHARK

Nurse Sharks live in shallow waters and deep reefs.  They feed mainly on crustaceans and smaller fish and have bone crushing jaws used to crack shells. Nurse sharks are often seen resting on sand flats and among coral structures. These sharks can grow up to 8' and weigh over 400lbs.

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