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“Do they really do that?” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Shark Ray Alley

Shark Ray Alley
Ambergris Caye, Belize
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Belize Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray...
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Reefs, Outdoors
Activities: Snorkeling
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wash dc
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“Do they really do that?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

As soon as the boat pulled in, tons of sharks, rays and blue fish seemed to surround the boat. You really don't have to do anything to look for them - they are all around. Basically all you do is swim and snorkel around the boat, and that's it - don't have to really venture out any further. So that's wonderful, but there is a price to pay for that.

Although this area is part of a protected area, we were surprised by the practices that seemed common there.  First of all, the sharks and other fish flock to the boats as soon as they arrive, hoping to be fed.  Tour guides are allowed to feed them, which is usually prohibited in reserve areas.  Second, the tour guides often go into the water, grab a shark, so tourists can pet them.  To me, that's also a strange unnatural practive to allow, because you are once again disrupting them in their natural habitat.  These are wild animals, not pets - i don't think tourists and tour guides shuld be giving them treats (not natural source of food), nor touching or manhandling them like pets or toys.  My guess is technically they are not supposed to do that, but there is no enforcement whatsoever - so this is all common practice. Anyway, that's my two  cents. 

Yes you will see lots of rays and sharks here - although these nurse sharks are so docile and harmless that it's hard to call them sharks. These sharks don't even have teeth - they suck their food in.   
 

Visited November 2012
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Omaha, Nebraska
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“So Cool!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

When we stopped in this area and the feeding started with the sharks - nurse sharks it was a feeding frenzy. Totally cool and what an awesome experience.

Visited November 2012
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Tyler, Texas
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4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Jaws????”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Jaws portrayed these lovable creatures so wrong. =) The guide on several occasions would dive down and grab a nurse shark for us to hold. He also grabbed a sting ray but with so many people on the tour I didn't get to touch it. But holding a 6'-8' nurse shark all by yourself is a really incredible experience.

Visited November 2012
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Corozal Town, Belize
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“Baited Fish!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

To attract the rays and nurse sharks the guides use a bait tube. This is not a very safe environment for a person in the water.

Visited May 2012
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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“Up Close & Personal - What An Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We went to Shark Ray Alley as part of a tour with SEArious Adventures. This was my favorite part of the whole tour! Nowhere else can you get so close with sharks and stingrays. You can pet them, take pictures of them (or with them if you are quick). Make sure you bring your underwater camera so you don't miss out on great photo ops!

You can go to Shark Ray Alley with a number of tour operators but we really enjoyed our time with SEArious Adventures.

Visited October 2012
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