Are There Great White Sharks In The Sea of Cortez

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You may be off to dive the Sea of Cortex in Mexico and you’d like to know if great White Sharks live there. Let’s take a look…

So are there great white sharks in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico? Video evidence and research has shown that great white sharks are found in the Sea of Cortez, as the water temperature in the Sea of Cortez ranges from 19-24°C (66-75°F), which is the perfect temperature range for the great white shark that prefer waters at 12-24°C (54-75 °F).

The above answer may or may not worry you, depending on if you would like to see great white sharks when you dive in the Sea of Cortez. However, sightings of great white sharks in the Sea of Cortez are very rare.

The best way to dive the Sea of Cortez, Mexico is by a scuba diving liveaboard. You can check the latest and best deals on Sea of Cortez liveaboards using the following window:

As an aside, in this article about where to find great white sharks, you may be as surprised as I was to discover some of the places where you find great white sharks! Place number 6 is the one that surprised me the most, but if you live in the States, you may be more surprised at places two, three and four.

Many ask about the difference between great white sharks vs oceanic whitetip sharks. If you’d like to find out more, I’ve written this article: Oceanic Whitetip Shark vs Great White Shark: Main Differences + Any Similarities.

Also, please don’t leave before you watch the videos in this articleWhen you’ve got your answer about great white sharks in the Sea of Cortez, you may like to watch the video on this article too. I almost don’t want to spoil the end of the video, so all I will say is it involves a carcass, many sharks and a single grouper…you may be surprised at what happens, I certainly was!

Great white pupping ground discovered in the Sea of Cortez

Scientists have discovered a great white shark pupping ground in the Sea of Cortez. Great white sharks give birth to live young, which are up to 5 feet (1.5 metres) long at birth.

Great White Pupping Ground Discovered
Scientists discover a great white shark pupping ground in the Sea of Cortez

The following video is of a large injured great white shark in the Sea of Cortez.

Great White Shark hunting in Shallow Water. Filmed by Dirty D the Saxophone player while in Mexico
Uncut and unedited video clips of encounter with White Shark. There was no cell service at the location this was shot. There is no Marine Rescue in Mexico for sharks. The shark was observed and filmed nothing more could be done. It swam away after 20 min.

Are there great white sharks in Mexico?

There are many great white sharks in Mexico, and Mexico is one of the best places in the world to dive with great white sharks at Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe). Guadalupe Island, also known as “Island of the Mega Shark“, is located about 150 miles (240k) of the coast of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.

In fact Guadalupe Island is where one of the largest ever great white sharks has been filmed. The great white shark is Deep Blue, a female great white shark measuring 19 feet (5.79 metres).

Say Hello to Deep Blue: ‘The Biggest Shark Ever Filmed’ | NBC Nightly News
Newly found footage of the 20-foot long great white was recorded off Mexico’s Guadalupe Island by shark expert Mauricio Hoyos Padilla in 2013.

But then Discovery channel recorded this 20 foot (6 metre) great white shark at the island of the mega shark (Guadalupe Island, Mexico. Looking at the markings on this largest ever filmed great white shark, she isn’t deep Blue. This means there are two very large great white sharks at Guadalupe Island…how exiting, especially as I’m off to dive there in October 2022!

The Biggest Great White Ever Filmed | Island of the Mega Shark – Guadalupe Island, Mexico

Deep Blue has also been spotted off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii too. In the following video, they say Deep Blue is 20 feet in length:

Divers swim alongside famous Deep Blue shark

Are great white sharks in Cabo An Lucas?

There are great white sharks in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, as they swim past this tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula into the Sea of Cortez. There is a large population of great white sharks off this coast of Mexico at the Guadalupe Island, and it’s thought that great whites use the Sea of Cortez as a pupping ground.

Can you swim with great whites in Mexico?

You can swim with great whites in Mexico off the coast of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula at Guadalupe Island. The following table of dive liveaboards visit Guadalupe Island for cage diving with great white sharks.

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Liveaboard main photoDiscover LiveaboardCustomer Review (Max 10)SDE Lux Rating %Flexible BookingDive CoursesDietary RequirementsNitroxGear Rental
Review Link: MV Nautilus Belle Amie; Booking Link: MV Nautilus Belle Amie 9.5 79% YES YES YES YES YES
Review Link: MV Nautilus Explorer; Booking Link: MV Nautilus Explorer 8.9 88% YES YES YES YES YES
Review Link: MV Nautilus Under Sea; Booking Link: MV Nautilus Under Sea 8.8 85% YES NO YES YES YES
Review Link: MV Socorro Aggressor; Booking Link: MV Socorro Aggressor 8.7 67% NO YES YES YES YES
Review Link: MV Solmar V; Booking Link: MV Solmar V 8.6 79% YES YES YES YES YES
Review Link: America's Shark Boat MV Horizon; Booking Link: America's Shark Boat MV Horizon 0 69% NO YES YES YES YES
Review Link: MV Southern Sport; Booking Link: MV Southern Sport 0 67% NO YES YES YES YES

I hope you enjoyed this article about are there great white sharks in the Sea of Cortez

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If this article hasn’t answered all of your questions. If you have more questions either about snorkelling or scuba diving (or specifically about are there great white sharks in the Sea of Cortez), please comment below with your questions.

There will also be many more articles about scuba and scuba diving safety tips (and on snorkelling too) for you to read and learn about this fabulous sport.

Have fun and be safe!

Are There Great White Sharks In The Sea of Cortez

Article written by Russell Bowyer who has been a scuba diver since diving on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia in 1989. After his first dive he trained as a BSAC diver in the UK. He attained his Diver Leader certification with BSAC. He then went on to become a scuba diving instructor, teaching others how to dive and was voted as Diving Officer and Treasurer for the Saffron Walden BSAC club too. Russell has dived all over the world, including the UK, on liveaboards in the Red Sea, the Caribbean, South Africa and the USA. Russell is experienced in all dive types, including drift diving, deep dives that involved decompression stops and recreational dives too.

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