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.
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