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WHAT IS ELASMODIVER?

Not just a huge collection of Shark Pictures: Elasmodiver.com contains images of sharks, skates, rays, and a few chimaera's from around the world. Elasmodiver began as a simple web based shark field guide 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.

There are 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 accessed here:

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Shark Diving Hotspots

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Great Shark and Ray Dives around the World

Although sharks and rays may be encountered throughout the world's oceans, there are certain areas where either through natural occurrence or artificial encouragement, particular species are vastly more plentiful or accessible. An example of this is the shark diving off Cocos Island, 300 miles off the coast of Costa Rica, where schooling Scalloped hammerheads are seasonally encountered in incredible numbers.  This section of Elasmodiver has been created to highlight some of these elasmobranch "hotspots" and to critique the live-aboards, dive shops, and resorts that facilitate divers getting to them. The expansion of this area will be a slow process and one that will not necessarily list the various locations in order of global significance. Rather, as Elasmodiver is able to visit each location we will attempt to deliver an unbiased and useful assessment of aspects such as shark numbers, variety, and reliability, as well as professionalism, ethical conduct, and value of the operators.  What could be finer than the prospect of dogmatically diving the great shark filled sites of the world in search of the ultimate encounter!

 

Africa

Aliwal Shoal, Umkomaas, South Africa - Blacktip Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Raggedtooth Sharks and Bull Sharks.

Cape Point, South Africa - Blue and Mako Sharks

Simons Town, False Bay, South Africa - Breaching Great Whites, Catsharks and Sevengills.

 

Atlantic Mexico, Caribbean and The Bahamas

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico - Bull Sharks

Isla Holbox, Mexico - Whale Sharks

Stingray City, Grand Cayman - Southern Stingrays.

St Maarten, Netherland Antilles - Blacknose and Caribbean Reef Sharks.

Tiger Beach, Bahamas - Tiger Sharks, Great Hammerheads, Caribbean Reef Sharks, Bull Sharks, and Lemon Sharks.

Utila, Bay Islands, Honduras - Whale sharks

 

Australian Shark Diving Hotspots

Fish Rock, Southwest Rocks, NSW, Australia - Wobbegong sharks and Sandtigers.

Hamelin Bay, Western Australia - Cobbler Wobbegong, Necklace Carpet Shark.

Ningaloo Reef, western Australia - Whale Sharks, Whitetip Reef, Tasseled Wobbegong, Wards Wobbegong shark.

 

European Shark Diving Hotspots

El Cabron, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands - Common Angel Sharks

Los Gigantes, Tenerife, Canary Islands - Common Stingrays, Common Eagle Rays

The Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall, UK - Basking Sharks.

 

North America Shark Diving Hotspots

Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada - Spiny Dogfish.

Guadalupe Island, Baja California, Mexico - Great White Sharks.

Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada - Sixgill Sharks.

Moorhead City / Outer Banks, North Carolina, USA - Sandtiger Sharks.

Catalina Island Blue Water, California, USA - Blue sharks and Mako sharks.

Venice, Louisiana - Dusky and Silky Sharks.

 

Eastern Tropical Pacific Shark Diving Hotspots

Isla Malpelo - Smalltooth Sandtiger Sharks, Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, Whitetip Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Mobulas, Manatas and Whale Sharks.

Cocos Island, Costa Rica - Scalloped Hamerheads, Silkies, Silvertips, Prickly Sharks, Galapagos, Whale sharks, Whitetip Reef sharks, and Marble Rays.

Revillagigedo Archipelago (Socorro) - Giant Manta Rays, Scalloped Hammers, Galapagos Sharks, Silky Sharks, Silvertips and Whitetip Reef Sharks.

 

Indo Pacific Shark Diving Hotspots

Monad Shoal/Malapascua Island, Philippines - Pelagic Thresher Sharks and Bamboo Sharks.

 

Coming Eventually:

Burma Banks / Silvertip Bank, Myanmar - Silvertip Sharks and Tawny Nurse.

Cape Point, cape Town south africa - Makos and Blue Sharks.

Dangerous Reef, South Australia - Great White Sharks.

Darwin Island, Galapagos Islands, Equador - Galapagos, Whitetip, and Whale Sharks.

Dyer Island, South Africa - Great White Sharks.

El Bajo Seamount, La Paz, Baja Peninsula, Mexico - Scalloped Hammerheads.

Elphinstone, Egypt - Oceanic Whitetip Sharks

Farallon Islands, California, USA. - Great White Sharks.

Fakarava, French Polynesia - Grey reef sharks, blacktips, blacktip reef sharks, reef whitetips and nurse sharks.

Nassau, Bahamas - Caribbean Reef Sharks.

Poor Knights, New Zealand - Schooling Rays.

Santa Lucia, Cuba - Bull Sharks

Walkers Cay, Bahamas - Caribbean Reef Sharks and Bull Sharks.

 

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