Not just Shark
Pictures: Elasmodiver contains photos of sharks, skates, rays, and
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
There are now
more than 5000 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:
First dorsal fin distinctively large and high.Pectoral
fins long and broad. Low interdorsal ridge. First dorsal originates over
pectoral fins. Dorsum uniform grey with pale ventrum. Caudal fin sometimes
dusky. Snout vertically compressed (thin and pointed).
length 240cm. Size at birth 56-75cm.
Intertidal to 280m. Most commonly encountered around sand flats close to shore.
Also inhabits reefs and seen in surface layer over deep water.In Hawaii attends shark feeds in
the presence of Galapagos Sharks.
and distribution: Circumtropical.
in early morning hours on benthic bony fishes, sharks (sharpnose, spiny dogfish,
(cownose, guitarfish, skates and skate egg cases, and stingrays), and
Recorded litter size 1 - 14. Gestation period 8 - 12 months. During copulation
the male Sandbar Shark repeatedly bites female until she turns on her back at
which point he inserts both claspers into her cloaca.
Sometimes seen swimming with dorsal fin above water.
May be confused with other requiem sharks but with experience the Sandbar Shark
is easily recognizable by its high dorsal fin.
Reaction to divers:
Known to make close passes at divers but rarely implicated in attacks.
The Sandbar Shark can be seen in many areas but a close encounter is most likely
at a shark feed such as the one organized off Haleiwa in Hawaii.
Other diving locations submitted by
From lonely Planet online discussion forum:
It was determined that Boncuk Bay in
Gökova, Turkey, is the second breeding zone of the Sandbar shark, after the
southern coasts of North America. The bay has been declared a ‘Protected Nature
Reserve’, and is now closed to sea traffic. A team of experts undertook close
study of the sharks during the last year, a difficult and lengthy process,
because of their shy nature, and because they could only be approached from the
surface of the water.
However, a recent project prepared for the ‘Boncuk Bay Shark Obsveration
Facilities’ will enable tourists to observe the sharks with more ease, and
‘Shark tourism’ will begin in Boncuk Bay as of 5th May, World Environment Day.
Sharks and Rays of the World. Scott W. Michael. Sea Challengers.
and Rays - Elasmobranch Guide of the World. Ralf M. Hennemann. IKAN.