Not just a
huge collection of
Elasmodiver.com contains images of sharks, skates, rays, and a few
chimaera's from around the world. Elasmodiver began as a simple web
to help divers find the best places to encounter the different
species of sharks and rays that live in shallow water but it has
slowly evolved into a much larger project containing information on
all aspects of shark diving and shark photography.
now more than 10,000 shark pictures and sections on shark
evolution, biology, and conservation. There is a large library of
reviewed shark books, a constantly updated shark taxonomy page, a
monster list of shark links, and deeper in the site there are
numerous articles and stories about shark encounters. Elasmodiver is
now so difficult to check for updates, that new information and
pictures are listed on an Elasmodiver Updates Page that can be
SHARK DIVING HOTSPOTS -
NINGALOO REEF, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Encounter: Whale sharks
and Wobbegongs. Whale shark encounters run from April till June. The sharks
cruise along the offshore reef flats a few miles from shore. Spotter planes
track the sharks movements and dive boats are given directions on where to head
until they spot the sharks. Then, a spotter jumps in the water and swims after
the shark which can be traveling at 2 or 3 knots, and groups of snorkellers are
dropped in the path of the shark. The participants attempt to keep up with the
traveling shark as long as possible until another group take over. The encounter
continues until the shark dives or the snorkellers are too exhausted to continue
jumping in. Keeping up with whale sharks in this scenario is not the easiest
thing to do especially when pulling a large camera housing along for the ride.
The rules of engagement include staying behind the pectoral
fins of the shark and maintaining a distance of 4 meters from any part of its
body. No flash photography is allowed.
Tasseled wobbegong sharks are in residence all year along the
northern reefs of Ningaloo. The best place to see them is the Navy Pier at
Exmouth. As they tend to lie motionless it is easy to study them but as they
generally squeeze into tight spots photography can be difficult. Even if the
wobbies are not present on the pier, the diving there is exceptionally good for
the area and should not be missed.
Navy Pier One of
Exmouth Dive Centre's pursuit boats
Operators: Exmouth Diving
Centre among others can take you out to the area where the Whale sharks are
seen. Their success rate in finding the sharks is generally very good with up to
a dozen or more sharks being spotted from the plane on good days. Exmouth Diving
Centre also has the contract for the Navy Pier which means that they are the
only company that is allowed to run charters there.
has a variety of accomodation choices including a number of hostels, a couple of
hotels, and a campground. If you're thinking of camping consider the extreme
temperatures in northern WA during the summer months. The Potshot Hotel has a
variety of room types to suit most budgets, a back packers area, the only Pub in
town, and Exmouth Diving Centre.
Exmouth can be reached by over night bus from Perth or Broom or by air via
Perth. Look at flight prices when buying a bus ticket as flights are often
almost the same price as the bus.
Read the Ningaloo Reef Whale shark article published in SharkDiver Magazine
- coming soon
Read the Tasseled wobbegong article published in SharkDiver Magazine
- coming soon