In late 2011, Thresher Shark Divers starting diving a new ‘secret’ dive site for thresher sharks. ‘Shark Wall’ is still part of Monad Shoal, and is just a little south of our original site.
‘Shark Wall’ by name and most definitely ‘Shark Wall’ by nature, there has been a massive increase in quality and quantity of sharks sightings. Shark sighting here have been ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!!! In our 9 years of diving on Malapascua Island, we have never had this many sharks around! It is usual to see 6-8 sharks on a dive. Often there are 20 sightings reported, and even as many as 30!!! So many that even the DMs stop counting!
Gone are the days of dropping straight down to 22 meters and sitting on the reef waiting for one shark to appear, maybe two if you are very lucky. These days, on Shark Wall you will generally drop in at a shallower depth of 10-12 meters. You will likely see few other divers, swim around a lot more, and it is also possible to go over the wall in certain places. The shark encounters themselves have also been of a higher quality, with often several sharks at once, and sharks coming closer and for a longer time.
Whilst at the old ‘Shark Point’ the sharks were almost always coming to be cleaned, on Shark Wall, although cleaning still occurs, some seem to be just hanging out cruising the reef.
In February we also started seeing baby thresher sharks, including three at once! Incredibly cute, but also great news for the population numbers in Malapascua as it means they are breeding. As thresher mammas only give birth to small numbers at a time and there are at least three juveniles here right now, this may mean more than one recent litter. This is great news for an endangered species like the thresher shark!
All photographs on this page were taken in early February by Uwe Jacobs. In the series below, the shark just kept coming and coming until it was almost kissing him, before making a last minute turn!
For more photos by Uwe, checkout the gallery on our facebook page.
So there has never been a better time to come to Malapascua! Contact us to arrange your shark diving package now!