Scuba diving is a thrilling adventure every time you enter the water. You will see a different world every time you venture beneath the waves. The animals here are unique and fascinating. They can be both beautiful and terrifying at the same time. Sharks are a perfect example of beauty and danger combined, although they are not the terrible killing machines that Hollywood has taught us to believe.
Sharks play a vital role in the health of the oceans and the delicate ecosystems. They are largely scavengers, preying on the weak and the dying. They seldom attack people and in most cases, the attacks were mistaken identity or the result of poor choices on the part of the human.
These sharks have come to check out some divers on Lighthouse reef, near the Great Blue Hole in Belize. They venture close, giving an intimidating look into their eyes and at their menacing teeth, but they don't consider the humans a source of food and they are in no danger.
Sharks are sleek and graceful, able to turn or move with lightning speed. In comparison, humans are slow and clumsy in this underwater world. Scuba divers are wise to remember that they are guests here and that they must do their best to obey basic safety rules so that the animal life does not feel threatened. Improper behaviour in this domain will often have disastrous consequences.
Sharks are a wonderful sight to see on any dive and a scuba diver considers themselves very lucky to have such a close up encounter with these magnificent beasts.