Everything You Wanted To Know About Bull Sharks, But Were Too Afraid To Ask

Bull shark

If you love scuba diving, then bull shark diving near Playa del Carmen is one for the wish list! For this extreme scuba diving experience, you’ll need your Advanced Open water certificate. The best time to go is from November to March. This is when the bull sharks migrate to give birth. You’ll get qualified diving guides who are very strict on safety measures so you’ll be secure as you dive with these powerful creatures.
Want to know more before you go? Look at everything you wanted to know about bull sharks but were too afraid to ask here…

Bull shark

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Here are some bull shark facts:

  • Bull sharks have black-tipped fins and grey backs. The stomach area is white.
  • Bull sharks lack any specific facial features or markings.
  • The eyes are small, so they have limited visual powers.
  • The snout is wide, and the movable jaws are filled with triangular teeth.
  • The bull shark can swim at almost five miles an hour. And uses long pectoral fins to glide through shallow waters.
  • Bull sharks are active during the daytime and at night.
  • Bull shark females give birth to live babies, normally about four to ten each mating season.
  • The pregnancies last for a year, and the babies are around 28 inches long when born.
  • It takes about ten years for youngsters to reach adulthood.
  • Female bull sharks of reproductive age have scars as the male bites to hang on during mating.
  • When bull sharks swim in a group this is called a shoal or a school.
  • Female bull sharks tend to have dominance over the males.

Find answers to some frequently asked questions about bull sharks:

Where do bull sharks live?

In the Atlantic Ocean, the bull shark can be found in Brazil, Angola, Morocco, and the United States. In the Indian Ocean, it lives in waters from Vietnam, Australia, South Africa, and Kenya. It also favours the Pacific Ocean. These sharks are migrants and can also be found in rivers and freshwater lakes.

If the waters are moderately deep and relatively warm, the bull sharks will stay for a while before moving on. The Caribbean Sea is the perfect retreat when the female bull sharks want to give birth in the warm waters of the reefs around Playa del Carmen.

What do bull sharks eat?

A bull shark will eat oysters, small fish, turtles, and even other bull sharks. Rays, seabirds, mammals, and shrimp are all also on the menu! In Africa, even young hippos have been preyed upon. Just like their name suggests the shark attacks the prey by head-butting it initially before biting.

How many teeth does a bull shark have?

Bull shark teeth grow in rows. Each row has about seven teeth, and there are around 50 rows of teeth in the jaws. Making a total of around 350 teeth in the mouth when fully equipped.

Are bull sharks dangerous?

Apart from the Great White shark and the Tiger shark, the bull shark is known as one most likely to attack humans. It is extremely aggressive, particularly during the mating season. Recent scientific research has shown that bull sharks have a stronger bite than the great white shark with enough force to lift approximately 1,300 lbs.

Because the bull shark can live in waters shared with people it makes it one of the most dangerous shark species. They will attack anything that moves within their territory.

How big do bull sharks get?

A typical male bull shark length is around seven feet. A female may reach almost eight feet. The largest bull shark was reported to be about 13 feet in length. Weight varies according to length – from 209 to 285 lbs depending on whether females are pregnant. Bull shark size is relevant to males and females as the male is longer and lighter. The females shorter and heavier.

Can bull sharks live in fresh water?

Bull sharks can live in both fresh water and salt water environments. They have a special gland which enables them to get rid of excess salt in the sea, or to conserve it in rivers, lakes, and streams. The kidneys and liver automatically adjust to cope with the amount of salt present in the water.

How long can a bull shark live?

A healthy bull shark lifespan is around 12 years, but records indicate that 16 years can be achieved.

Are bull sharks a threatened species?

Bull sharks are still hunted for their meat, oil, and skin. Recreational and sports fishing are also contributing to its decline. As is the increase in popularity of keeping bull sharks in aquariums. This could be potentially damaging to the population of the bull shark.

Due to migratory traits the bull sharks are affected by pollution and getting caught in fishing nets. These hazards all contribute to them now being classified as a near threatened species.