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Hammerhead Sharks #32681
12/28/00 08:57 PM
12/28/00 08:57 PM
Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 6
North Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Maya-Princess Offline OP
Maya-Princess  Offline OP
We have heard that Belize is the "hammerhead shark capital of the world"!

We are arriving March 5th and plan on doing a lot of snorkeling (and one of us will be diving). The thought of hammerhead sharks (or any other kind of shark, for that matter) is daunting!

Would someone PLEASE give us the straight goods on the shark situation there????!!!!

If there ARE sharks, where are they (and don't say "in the water". What I mean is, is there a snorkel or dive site where they AREN'T??

Thanks for any info.

Re: Hammerhead Sharks #32682
12/29/00 12:22 AM
12/29/00 12:22 AM
Joined: Apr 2000
Posts: 162
Michigan, USA
MamaLiz Offline
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I haven't heard anything about hammerheads, but I hope you can get over the case of nerves and snorkle Shark Ray Alley. The only sharks there are nurse sharks and they have trained people to bring them food. The dinner bell (boat motor) brings them in and your guide will feed them so you can get a close look or even stroke one. If they're too close for comfort just back up a bit, there's plenty of ocean. It's truely an amazing experience and it sure impresses the folks back home!
Have a great trip

Re: Hammerhead Sharks #32683
12/29/00 03:45 PM
12/29/00 03:45 PM
Joined: Oct 1999
Posts: 79,779
oregon, spr
Marty Offline

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thats plain nutty butter.

no mean old sharks around here. you will find nurse sharks, AKA woosy sharks, at many dive sites. out at the blue holle/atolls you might see a few tigers, also non- meat eating.

the nurse sharks are like big old catfish. plankton suckers, small fish. they ain't gonna eat you.

We have many many hours diving in Belize, and have yet to see a threatening type of shark.

Re: Hammerhead Sharks #32684
12/30/00 06:18 AM
12/30/00 06:18 AM
Joined: Jun 2000
Posts: 49
wichita, kansas
mazzullo1 Offline
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There are hammerheads in the waters off of Ambergris Caye, BUT they're found mostly along the mainland coast in and around the shallow lagoons, and occasionally in the canals in the Cangrejo area. Neither place is a mecca for snorkelers or divers. And Marty is quite correct - nurse and lemon sharks are to be found occasionally elsewhere where divers/snorkelers go, but they are woosies. They're fun to swim with, though, at Shark and Ray Alley.

Re: Hammerhead Sharks #32685
12/30/00 06:54 PM
12/30/00 06:54 PM
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 318
San Pedro Belize
Dallas Dave Offline
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I've heard about one pretty good sized on that hangs near the San Pedro cut. I've never been lucky eough to see him, though I have tried on several occations. We are not food! We don't look like fish. I have never heard apof an attack on the Island. Come and enjoy the striking beauty of our waters.

Re: Hammerhead Sharks #32686
01/01/01 10:26 PM
01/01/01 10:26 PM
Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 33
Leo Offline
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The only man eating sharks I've heard of that purposely go after humans are off the SouthEast coast of Africa.
They aren't like humans who hunt for sport.
You have a better chance of getting a small cut by a school of mullet in a popular beach in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. that didn't see you in their path.
I don't have to worry about sharks in Ambergris because I have some Greek blood in my veins and the magick dolphins will protect me. Ha!Ha!LOL
Ps. You're more safe in the water than where I live on land. I would ask you to report about your experience so I will know for sure, but if I didn't hear from you I might assume JAWS had something to do with it.
I usually bring along a hammer for those HammerHeads when I go.

I do know one thing for sure in my travels. No-Seeums, sand fleas, and mosquitos can ruin my whole day and will try to suck the blood out of you in seconds.

Have a good day!

[This message has been edited by Leo (edited 01-01-2001).]

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