7 Species of Sharks You Should Get to Know

7 Species of Sharks You Should Get to Know - La Galigo Liveaboard

Sharks have captured the imagination of people for centuries with their sleek, powerful presence in the world’s oceans. From the mighty Great White to the graceful Hammerhead, there are over 400 species of sharks swimming in our oceans. In this article, we will explore seven fascinating species that you should get to know. Each of these sharks plays a unique and important role in their ecosystems, showcasing the incredible diversity and beauty of these magnificent creatures. Join me as we dive into the awe-inspiring world of sharks and discover what makes each of these species so remarkable.

1. Whale Shark

The Whale Shark is the largest fish in the world, reaching lengths of over 12 meters (40 feet). Despite its massive size, it is known for its docile nature and peaceful demeanour, making it a popular choice for divers seeking an up-close encounter with these gentle giants. With its distinctive pattern of pale yellow spots and stripes (this colouration is actually caus, the Whale Shark is truly a sight to behold as it gracefully glides through the open ocean, filtering massive amounts of plankton and small fish through its wide mouth. This species is a testament to the beauty and grace that can be found in the world of sharks.

2. Hammerhead Sharks

Hammerhead sharks are easily recognized by their unique, flattened heads which can be up to a third of their total body length. These sharks are known for their exceptional sense of smell and unique hunting behavior. Their wide-set eyes give them a 360-degree view of their surroundings, making them skilled hunters. They are found in warm waters around the world and are known for their migratory behavior. 

3. Tiger Sharks

Tiger sharks are known for their distinctive tiger-like stripes along their bodies, and they are often found in coastal tropical and subtropical waters. These sharks have a varied and opportunistic diet, feeding on a wide range of prey including fish, seals, dolphins, and even seabirds. They are considered one of the most dangerous shark species to humans due to their bold and inquisitive nature.

4. Mako Sharks

Mako sharks are known for their incredible speed and agility, making them formidable predators. These sleek and powerful sharks are often found in deep offshore waters and are capable of reaching speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. They are highly sought after by sports fishermen due to their impressive fighting ability and acrobatic displays when hooked.

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5. Blue Sharks

Blue sharks are easily recognizable by their slender, torpedo-shaped bodies and vibrant blue coloration. These sharks are found in deep, open ocean waters and are known for their long migrations. They are efficient hunters, preying on a variety of small fish and squid. Blue sharks are also popular targets for commercial and recreational fishing due to their abundance and energetic fighting abilities.

6. Thresher Sharks

Thresher sharks are named for their long, scythe-like tail which they use to stun and catch prey. These sharks are found in both tropical and temperate waters and are known for their impressive aerial displays, often leaping out of the water. They primarily feed on small fish and squid, using their unique tail to herd and stun their prey.

7. Goblin Sharks

Goblin sharks are one of the most peculiar-looking shark species, with elongated, flattened snouts and protruding jaws. They are found in deep waters around the world and are rarely encountered by humans due to their habitat. Goblin sharks are ambush predators, using their extendable jaws to capture prey in the darkness of the deep ocean.

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La Galigo is known as one of the best liveaboard diving boats in Raja Ampat Indonesia, and it offers trips to well-known diving destinations such as Komodo and Raja Ampat. The Coral Triangle is located in Indonesia, which has the highest marine biodiversity on the planet.

La Galigo Liveaboard Diving was founded in 2015 by two avid divers who wanted to explore some of Indonesia’s pristine reefs but found that all existing scuba diving options were frequently out of their budget, and wanted to provide an affordable option for everyone to be able to explore these beautiful places.

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