SHARK TOURISM RISES AS MORE PEOPLE WANT TO SEE THEM UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL – You might think that Shark Watching is a thrill but actually diving with them is just plain madness; however the rise in Shark Tourism has taken a sharp increase over the last few years which could reduce their slaughter by fishermen for their fins.
Last year, according to tourist information, shark watching generated over $300 mill and this year it is projected to rise to as much as $800 million in the coming years as people seek out the ultimate in a holiday thrill.
According to Shark experts and conservationists we still have a massive problem with sharks being killed for their fins and yet tourists demand to see these magnificent creatures in their wild habitat could make them more valuable alive than dead.
One of the biggest lures currently is Great White Shark watching or cage diving in South Africa. I know a number of people who have tried and say that the thrill is beyond description and to watch these beautiful creatures lurking around the cage is an experience that should never be missed.
As a keen diver I have had the privilege of diving with sharks in the open ocean and it is a sight to behold. When I first hit the bottom I could see a Nurse Shark coming towards me slowly and I felt no fear as I was overwhelmed with a sense of awe at such magnificence.
If you are looking for that ‘ultimate’ thrill then forget the theme parks and go diving with sharks and you’ll quickly realise that being in the domain of a creature that rules the ocean depths is truly the thrill of a life-time.
There is a fear among conservationists that we are killing our oceans of sharks and unless our mindset and perceptions of these marine creatures changes then many species could be wiped out in the next few decades.
Sharks are not blood thirsty killers as depicted in the movies but they are highly efficient predators who actively hunt their pray night and day. Some species of shark, such as the Black Tip or White Tip Reef Sharks are extremely timid and do not pose much of a threat to divers. There are of course some species that are highly aggressive such as the Great White, Bull and Tiger Shark.
Next time you are thinking about a ‘thrill seeking’ holiday why not consider Shark Watching or Shark Diving – you’ll never forget it.
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