Being that Florida is one of the most sought after states and a popular vacation destination due to its many gorgeous beaches and crystal clear ocean water, there are many species of wildlife to be on the lookout for.
Most of them including dolphins, manatees, manta rays and sea turtles are all harmless to swimmers. The oceans down here are plump full of sharks, some are harmless and a few are dangerous.
Now living down in southwestern Florida, you have the extremely warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Therefore there are also many Florida Shark Diving businesses down here.
The types of sharks you’ll mostly see in the gulf waters are bull sharks, nurse sharks, whale sharks, tiger sharks, blacktip reef sharks, lemon sharks, bonnethead sharks, hammerhead, and mako sharks. Once in awhile great whites spend their winter break down here but mostly remain on the eastern side of the state which is where New Smyrna Beach is. This beach is actually called the shark attack capital of the world.
As of 2017 Florida has had an average of 29 shark bites a year. And so far this year leads with the highest record of unprovoked attacks. Being that Florida has one of the largest combinations of different shark species in the world, sharks are present year-round which makes Florida one of the best places to dive.
The gulf does have a few dangerous species to watch out for when swimming including the tiger shark, the bull shark, which is the world’s most dangerous shark, and the Mako shark since they are the largest predatory fish in the ocean.
Most of our hammerhead sharks are small in size, but they are known to reach 20 feet in length down here. Some of the more shallow water sharks are the large bull sharks, lemon sharks which are the largest nonaggressive species, reef sharks, and sand bar sharks.
You can see most sharks either inshore or offshore.
Definitely one of the most enjoyable locations to visit and see all of the gorgeous wildlife and marine life Florida has to offer.