The Bull/Zambezi Shark
The Bull Shark can swim from salt water into fresh water and has been found up to 2000 miles upstream in major rivers. These sharks are fairly large in size and are said to be one of the top four breeds of sharks which are responsible for attacks on humans. They can be identified by their silver-grey back, white underside and short noses. Their teeth are serrated and enable them to saw through shell and bone.
Zambezi Shark, Lake Nicaragua Shark, Cub Shark, Shovelnose Shark, Freshwater Whaler, River Whaler and Swan River Whaler, the Bull/Zambezi Shark enjoys a diet of mainly bony fish, turtles, sea birds, dolphins and other marine animals. This species can grow to a maximum size of over 4 m/ 13 ft as witnessed at Bassas Da India Atoll.
Bull Sharks are considered high risk. This is a potentially very dangerous shark; they’re inquisitive and are likely to show an interest in you if found in their waters. Attacks have been recorded in rivers throughout the world. Shark cage diving with bull sharks is a truly amazing experience. While on your trip, it’s likely that you’ll see up to four different shark species on a single dive.
Where to see them
Commonly present along the coasts of South Africa, Mozambique, Mauritius, Burma, the Bahamas, Belize, Cuba and Coast Rica.
Bull Sharks roam in sub-tropical waters all over the world. They are usually found in shallow lagoons and bays, in water less that 30m deep – this is what brings them into regular contact with surfers and swimmers.
Diving Locations: Durban