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Bull Sharks + Tiger Sharks in Boa Vista !!!

south wales
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Bull Sharks + Tiger Sharks in Boa Vista !!!

Did anyone knw that CV along with being home to spiders, cattle, dogs + cats.

The sea also holds bull sharks + Tiger Sharks so just be careful for who ever paddles as most attacks happen with in 3feet of water. Bull sharks live in salt + fresh water and here's a little scuba forum from a PADI Company in CV asking for help regarding....

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south wales
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1. Re: Bull Sharks + Tiger Sharks in Boa Vista !!!

Here's the link last 1 didn't work

http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/shark-forum/266126-bull-shark-specialist-needed.html

Santa Maria
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2. Re: Bull Sharks + Tiger Sharks in Boa Vista !!!

Bull sharks and tiger sharks are both deep water sharks, you are very very unlikely to encounter them inshore in Cape Verde. What you mostly see in shallow waters are lemon sharks or nurse sharks, very placid animals.

south wales
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3. Re: Bull Sharks + Tiger Sharks in Boa Vista !!!

Bull sharks also live in freshwater rivers and statistics show that over 85% of bull shark attacks happen in under 3ft of water.

However it is unknown if it is due to territorial issues or something else.

Bull sharks bite more people a year than any other shark.

The tiger on the other hand is second to none next to the great white. They are the garbage cans of the ocean and grow up to and exceeding 15 ft if that thing grabs you youl know al about it. However tiger sharks are a deep water fish.

Santa Maria
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4. Re: Bull Sharks + Tiger Sharks in Boa Vista !!!

BTW regarding that link - the sharks in question were later correctly identified as Grey Nurse Sharks, also known as Ragged Tooth Sharks or "Raggies". There are several anatomical similarities which can cause confusion, but their behaviour is entirely different. Raggies are very placid and mostly sleep all day in caves. Bull sharks roam the open oceans hunting. Raggies have a ferocious look because they have many small pointy teeth that jut out at different angles, they fall out often and can be found by divers around the caves where they sleep.

I've dived and filmed both Raggies & Bull Sharks and I assure you, you are not in danger in Cabo Verde from either.

Stocksbridge...
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5. Re: Bull Sharks + Tiger Sharks in Boa Vista !!!

Did you really have to mention the spiders!!??

Me and my husband almost ran out of our room naked in Cuba last year after waking up and spotting a big hairy spider on the ceiling right above us!!

It was quite funny afterwards but at the time we were terrified!

Rochdale, United...
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6. Re: Bull Sharks + Tiger Sharks in Boa Vista !!!

How many freshwater rivers are there on Sal ?

south wales
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7. Re: Bull Sharks + Tiger Sharks in Boa Vista !!!

It doesn't matter about how many rivers are in sal the point I was making that these sharks can swim and hunt anywhere as somebody made the statement that they are deep water fish which is total untrue.

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8. Re: Bull Sharks + Tiger Sharks in Boa Vista !!!

I have lived on Sal for 5 years and am a diving instructor here. This hysteria about sharks is absolute rubbish. Welshbeast who is posting above hasnt even been to this country so has zero knowledge about sharks here. [ just posted to say coming to islands in May for first time] .There are barely any shark sightings while diving here as the sharks that are here are far more scared of us and disappear long before we get a chance to see them. The only tiger and bull sharks I have seen here have been caught by fishermen who fish miles offshore, and who clean their catch on the pier here on Sal.

There is shark fishing here from the shore catching nurse sharks, which are basically rays in a sharks body and are sometimes seen on dives.

The link to the shark forum is 5 years old and the guy who sent it has since realized that he wasnt diving with bull sharks but Grey Nurse sharks otherwise known as Raggie Tooth sharks, a very benign shark that is of absolutely no danger to divers or swimmers.

As Welshbeast is about to find out there are no fresh water rivers for bull sharks to swim into as there is no fresh water on Sal or Boa Vista except for the swimming pools in the hotel he is going to be staying in. The only sharks you will find there will be ones trying to sell you property.

BTW in 5 years I have seen about 5 spiders here so dont worry about that either.

Santa Maria
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9. Re: Bull Sharks + Tiger Sharks in Boa Vista !!!

There have been incidents of bull sharks becoming adapted to short spells in fresh water, swimming upriver in Costa Rica & Nicaragua for example. In fact on a film trip a few years ago we were told to only cross the rivers at certain times because of this.

But not in Cape Verde - this is scaremongering for reasons I can't understand. The only time there is fresh water on Boa Vista is after the rainy season when the dry river beds flood for a short time. No sharks will be swimming up these temporary rivers.

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10. Re: Bull Sharks + Tiger Sharks in Boa Vista !!!

Just been to cape verde boa vista and swam in sea... No sharks mr welsh man only lovely little fish, not heard any stories of anyone seeing sharks there, yes they exist and the ocean is vast and they can swim where ever they like so any beach in any part of the world has risks even in bondi Australia which has nets!!! The beaches have life guards who are always on alert for our safety so IF a shark was to appear and say hi they would be seen as the waters r very clear . The only creatures apart from fish we saw were turtles, crabs, cats and dogs ...no spiders either

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