Five Things You Didn't Know About Guadalupe Island | Scuba Diving Blog
Guadalupe Island is one of the best destinations in the world to dive with great white sharks, but here are some facts that you may not know about this isolated rocky outcrop.
1.Guadalupe has an unusual history and has not always been prized for its shark population. Since the 1800s the island has been populated by, whalers and fur hunters, guano miners, the Mexican military, and most damaging to the environment, goats!
2. Great white sharks use the topography at Guadalupe Island to their advantage, swimming close to the white sandy bottom to camouflage their pale undersides. This allows them to look up towards the surface for prey without being seen themselves, whilst also scanning for deepwater prey.
3. One of the big draws to Guadalupe for great white sharks is the endemic Guadalupe fur seal. Once hunted nearly to extinction, these fur seals now number over 10,000, and are a favorite prey of the sharks.
4. Over 300 individual great whites have been identified by researchers and boat crew at Guadalupe since scientists started studying the sharks. If a guest snaps a shark that hasn't been identified, they get the honor of naming it!
5. You don't need to be a qualified diver to come face-to-face with the sharks at Guadalupe Island. Guests as young as 10 can drop into a cage and breath through a surface-supplied hose waiting for these awesome predators to make their impressive approach.
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