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Shark Species

How many species of sharks are there? There are approximately 400 described species of sharks, however new species are being described all the time.
In addition, there are around 400 species of rays, a close relative of sharks. Ancestors of modern sharks swam the seas over 400 million years ago, making them older than dinosaurs!
Throughout time sharks have changed very little. A third of all sharks on the high seas are threatened with extinction because they are over fished or killed incidentally in swordfish and tuna catches.
Despite mounting threats, sharks remain virtually unprotected on the high seas. The great and scalloped hammerhead sharks and the giant devil ray are globally endangered.
The basking and oceanic White-tip sharks, two Mako species and three Thrashers join the iconic Great White shark as globally vulnerable to extinction. Sharks take many years to mature and have few offspring, making them particularly sensitive to overfishing.

Below you find a list of shark common seen at our different adven-tour locations. Check at the active links for more information on that particular species and where we scuba with them.
  • Silvertip shark - (Carcharhinus albimarginatus)
  • Gray reef shark - (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos)
  • Copper shark - (Carcharhinus brachyurus)
  • Spinner shark - (Carcharhinus brevipinna)
  • Silky shark - (Carcharhinus falciformis)
  • Galapagos shark - (Carcharhinus galapagensis)
  • Bull shark - (Carcharhinus leucas)
  • Blacktip shark - Carcharhinus limbatus
  • Oceanic whitetip shark - (Carcharhinus longimanus)
  • Blacktip reef shark - (Carcharhinus melanopterus)
  • Carcharhinus obscurus - (Dusky shark)
  • Carcharhinus perezii - (Caribbean reef shark)
  • Carcharhinus wheeleri - (Blacktail reef shark)
  • Galeocerdo cuvier - (Tiger shark)
  • Negaprion brevirostris - (Lemon shark)
  • Prionace glauca - (Blue shark)
  • Triaenodon obesus - (Whitetip reef shark)
  • Alopias pelagicus - (Pelagic thresher shark)
  • Alopias superciliosus - (Bigeye thresher)
  • Alopias vulpinus - (Thresher shark)
  • Carcharodon carcharias - (Great white shark)
  • Isurus oxyrinchus - (Shortfin mako)
  • Carcharias taurus - (Grey nurse shark)
  • Odontaspis ferox - (Smalltooth sand tiger)
  • Rhincodon typus - (Whale shark)
  • Due to or server relocation and a new layout and design is our extensive listing on shark species and locations where we scuba dive with them at the moment not available - we are working on the issue and hope by the end of 2014 to be back in full with the complete listing. We know it was a very popular item to be visited.
    ~ Webadmin - 13th of December 2014
    Raggies Crossing at Aliwal Shoal Shark Alley