This type of shark is the most common shark that we encounter on our pelagic shark research dives. We see these sharks almost year round though the number of individuals varies by season.
Galapagos sharks are curious, yet cautious, they tend to circle below boats and divers and often come to the surface when any kind of noise or splashing happens, possibly because they listen for the splash from a landing bird because they feed on birds in addition to fish and cephalopods.
The Galapagos shark is a large shark and can be more dominate than even a tiger shark at times, especially when they are schooling in high numbers.
Sandbar sharks are amazingly fast and agile in the water. They are lighter in color than the Galapagos sharks and move much faster than the Galapagos sharks.
On the way out to the site a marine biologist explains body language and a variety of behaviors. In this photo these sharks are trying to determine who is dominate by parallel swimming next to each other.
Sandbar sharks are declined by 97%, this is one of the few places in the world you can go to see this species.
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