The question may ask is are there sharks in the Galapagos Islands? If there are sharks, what kind of sharks are the in The Galapagos Islands? If you are looking to visit The Galapagos Islands and you intend to scuba dive or snorkel, you may be wondering what kind of sharks you’re going to encounter.
The Galapagos Islands are home to many kinds of shark, with the mostly likely sharks seen by scuba divers as scalloped hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, bullhead sharks and whale sharks. But there is an outside chance to spot a tiger shark too.
The following article includes at least one video of each of the sharks encountered in The Galapagos Islands, as per the following list of sharks:
- Scalloped hammerhead sharks.
- Galapagos sharks.
- Whitetip reef sharks.
- Whale sharks.
- Tiger sharks.
- Bullhead sharks.
- Blacktip sharks.
You may also want to read about whether there are great white sharks in the Galapagos islands too
The best way to dive the Galapagos Islands, and especially Darwin Island and Wolf Rock, is by a scuba diving liveaboard. You can check the latest and best deals on Galapagos Islands liveaboards using the following window:
1. Scalloped hammerhead sharks in The Galapagos Islands
One of the main draws to scuba dive the Galapagos Islands is the large schools of scalloped hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna Lewini). The best place to see the large schooling scalloped hammerheads in The Galapagos Islands is at Darwin and Wolf Islands. As a bonus, in the following video of hammerhead sharks in the Galapagos Islands the divers spot a whale shark too.
Darwin and Wolf Island diving is only possible from one of the Galapagos dive liveaboards.
2. Galapagos sharks in The Galapagos Islands
The following video includes more than just the Galapagos shark (Carcharhinus Galapagensis), as it also includes scalloped hammerhead sharks too, which looks very much like a grey reef shark.
3. Whitetip reef sharks in the Galapagos Islands
Whitetip reef sharks (Triaenodon Obesus) can be found in the Galapagos Islands, which are often found resting under ledges on the bottom during the day. One of the best time to experience whitetip sharks and their feeding behaviour is on a night dive.
4. Whale sharks in the Galapagos Islands
Whale sharks (Rhincodon Typus) are found in The Galapagos Islands and often seen at Wolf and Darwin Islands, which can only be dived on a liveaboard dive boat.
The following video puts the size of a whale shark into perspective, as you see a scuba diver putting a satellite tag on a Galapagos whale Sharks!
One more whale shark encounter video in The Galapagos Islands.
5. Tiger sharks in the Galapagos Islands
One kind of shark that is not always seen in the Galapagos Islands is the tiger shark. Tiger sharks (Galeocerdo Cuvier) are found in the Galapagos Islands, as shown by the tagging project by Ocearch in the following video in the Galapagos Islands.
Another video with a tiger shark in the Galapagos Islands. The following video begins just before you see the tiger shark, but watch carefully because if you blink you will miss it.
6. Bullhead sharks in the Galapagos Islands
The bullhead shark (genus Heterodontus) is a small spotted shark that lives in the Galapagos Islands and is a bottom dwelling shark, which is similar looking to an epaulette shark.
Blacktip sharks in The Galapagos Islands
Blacktip sharks (Carcharhinus Limbatus) are found in the Galapagos Islands.
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