A BEACH WHERE TOURISTS BATHE WITH SHARKS
Finally, we can forget about the childhood traumas caused by Spielberg’s film “Jaws”. Namely, swimming with sharks has never been nicer – at least if you ask swimmers on the shores of the Latin American state of Belize. In the north of the country, in a shallow cut of the coral reef, there is a real small oasis that attracts divers, swimmers, but also sharks and rays. This underwater area is aptly named “Shark Alley”. The reason why everyone swims together in this area and no one comes out in tears, is that sharks are small and harmless.
The locals feed them, so they have already spoiled themselves so much that they recognize the sound of the ship’s engine and gather knowing that lunch is waiting for them. These moments are the best for studying sharks and swimming with them, without becoming a lunch yourself.
Moreover, sharks have become so friendly that they sometimes seem to be cheered on by swimmers and divers who join them at the bottom of the sea. This is evidenced by the stories of divers who say that dogs surrounded them and rubbed their feet – like cats! However, the guides emphasize that these are sharks, so if you feel fear, watch them from a safe distance. The sea in this area is not deep, and it is clean and transparent so you have beautiful photos after this adventure.
What does swimming with sharks look like?
When you arrive on site, put on your snorkelling gear and fins. A mask is also necessary to see the animals well. Next, you carefully lower yourself into the water. This so as not to disturb the animals.
The water is extremely clear. So you immediately see the animals swimming in front of you. You also see many fish trying to get something to eat.
Remember that the animals are being fed and chaos ensues. Sharks and rays swim quickly to get some of the meal. It is not allowed to stand between the animals. This is for your own safety.
It is a wonderful sight to see these animals up close. If you keep quiet, you will notice that the rays and sharks come very close to you. This is very impressive. And perfect for photos. So don’t forget an underwater camera.