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Divers, tourists cautioned about disturbing breeding bull sharks

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – Local biologists have reported the return of bull sharks to the Riviera Maya region this past week, noting a modest return of the female species.

Females have been returning to the warm, shallow waters of the Caribbean Sea for the purpose of breeding. Luis Lombardo Cifuentes, director of Saving Our Sharks, says they have noticed the sharks displaying a fearful behavior this year and are asking divers and tourists to refrain from using noise-generating instruments under water.

“As of March 1 we detected bull sharks in the area. As we approached them, we saw a very timid behavior. While tourist activities resume we are strongly recommending that people use extreme caution when approaching them by being very quiet and not make noise in the water,” he explains.

“We sent a statement to diving businesses asking that divers and tourists refrain from using instruments that make noise because these sharks have a very sensitive ear and find noise annoying,” suggesting this can cause unwanted aggressive behavior.

He stressed that we must prevent this marine species from feeling hounded so they continue returning to the area as a preferred natural environment.

Bull shark diving is a popular tourist activity in the waters around Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel.

The bull shark is commonly found worldwide in warm, shallow waters along coasts and in rivers. The bull shark is known for its aggressive nature, predilection for warm shallow water. Bull sharks can thrive in both saltwater and freshwater and can travel far up rivers.

The name bull shark comes from the shark’s stocky shape, broad, flat snout, and aggressive, unpredictable behavior.

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