The hammerhead shark is probably one the most bewildering animals in the sea because of the distinctive but well-recognized shape of their head. In total, there are seven species of hammerhead sharks, but you won’t find them all in the Dutch Caribbean.
The illustrious tiger shark is a circumglobal species that is found in a wide variety of habitats in warm temperate oceans and moves into the Caribbean in the winter. Throughout the year, individuals migrate far distances.
Reef sharks are the most abundant shark species in the Caribbean, although their numbers have declined severely over the past decades. The status of its populations is currently assessed as near threatened, but experts say it is expected that the species will meet the criteria for a vulnerable classification soon.
When you go diving around a Caribbean island you might spot a docile looking shark with a light brownish color laying still on the seafloor, hidden away between crevices or in a cave. This species is called the nurse shark. Despite a broad range of theories, the origin of its name remains unclear, but it does … Continue reading Nurse Shark
the whale shark is a highly migratory species, travelling distances of up to 2000 km in two months
Spotted Eagle Rays (Aetobatus narinari) are one of the most majestic animals of the sea. Their large triangular pectoral fins resemble the wings of a bird in flight, making the rays look as if they are serenely flying through the ocean. Their prominent head also has the appearance of a bird; the long, pointed and … Continue reading Spotted Eagle Ray