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6 Daredevil Dives
They share the rap sheet of the fearsome foursome — along with great whites, tigers and oceanic whitetips. Yet it’s bull sharks that are thought to account for most near-shore attacks. Like pit bulls with fins, this exceptionally stout shark averages nine feet and 300 pounds. Bulls thrive in salt and fresh water— even hundreds of miles inland. Their occurrence in warm, shallow, often murky water — coupled with territorial behavior — is a recipe for attacks. But that danger is diluted in clear conditions: experts blame poor visibility rather than feeding behavior. “We’ve been developing our own techniques and learning from operators around the globe since 1997 to make this a safe, educational, and enjoyable dive,” says Jorge Loria, dive director of phantom divers in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, which offers a PADI Shark Observer specialty certification dive. Phantom also collaborates with international NGOs for the study and protection of sharks.
There is diving – the casual pursuit of water time for the simple fun of it. And then there's DIVING — exploring new frontiers and edgy locations where divers are few and far between. It’s about discoveries with purpose, and exotic marine life that are truly exceptional. Risk? Sure, there’s some. But the rewards are substantial. For anyone who loves checking off another species (and an excuse to travel around the world), here are diving’s most daring encounters.