Hurawalhi’s Marine Biologists Plan Shark Survey
Many scuba divers have ‘diving with sharks’ very close to the top of their diving bucket list and visit the Maldives with high hopes of ticking it off the list. Those who have been diving in Lhaviyani Atoll are very likely to have had memorable encounters with sharks we have many dive sites where they can be seen, all within reach of Hurawalhi Maldives. These sleek and magnificent creatures patrol the channel edges, reef corners and even the inner reefs, sometimes alone, sometimes in large numbers, and the advent of diving with underwater scooters has made their favourite hangouts amongst the currents even more accessible.
The Maldives is a shark sanctuary, with shark fishing having been banned throughout the island nation since 2010, making it a well-known shark hotspot amongst divers, with a large variety of species seen regularly. Our marine biologists at Hurawalhi’s Marine Biology Center, Aline and Lara, think Lhaviyani Atoll might well have the largest reef shark population in the Maldives and are planning a new research project to assess the numbers using Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUV). The project aims to give baseline data for the shark population with the possibility of continuing over a number of years in order to measure the stability of the population. We are very excited about this study and, with Aline and Lara’s help, look forward to sharing the results with you throughout the project.
Our team at Prodivers Dive Center are ready to take you on thrilling shark diving adventures, you can even complete the PADI Specialty course, ‘Maldivian Shark and Ray Diver’ whilst here at the resort.