One of the great things about scuba diving is that it gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with some amazing marine life. Sure, you could stop by your local aquarium to see the fish and other sea creatures, but to be honest that just does not compare to seeing them in their natural habitat like you can when you go scuba diving. What is especially amazing is that you might get the opportunity to see some of the sea life that is currently considered endangered. Let’s take a look at some of the underwater animals you should make the effort to see before they are gone for good.
Scuba diving in shark infested waters may sound like a bad idea, but in reality the sharks that you see while diving are highly unlikely to attack. In fact, they are actually fairly shy and are more likely to be afraid of divers than vice versa. Some dive tour companies offer specific dives designed to give divers a chance to spot those elusive sharks. There are several species of sharks which are currently endangered, and scuba diving may be the only opportunity that you have to see one up close before they are gone forever. These include Basking Sharks, Angel Sharks, Thresher Sharks and Hammerheads. These sharks can be found in various locations around the world so you will have to plan your scuba diving trip accordingly if you want to be in with a chance of seeing them.
Meeting turtles is something of a treat for scuba divers. Anyone who has ever been diving in Hawaii will tell you that the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles are amazing. However, these are by no means the only species of turtle that you might encounter while scuba diving. The Hawksbill Turtle is currently on the critically endangered list and it is native to the Caribbean, Indonesia and Australia. The Leatherback Turtle is not as endangered, but still at risk. They are most likely to be spotted by those diving in Barbados and Indonesia.
Other Endangered Seas Creatures
Aside from sharks and turtles, some of the other endangered sea creatures that you might encounter while scuba diving include the Florida Manatee, a gentle animal that is threatened by both a loss of habitat and boating accidents since they are slow moving and struggle to manoeuvre away from high speed boats resulting in them frequently being struck by propellers. Scuba divers may also encounter Hawaiian and Mediterranean Monk Seals which are also endangered.
Scuba diving is a great opportunity to see these endangered species in their natural habitat.