The buddy system As recreational divers we learned it is advised to always dive with a buddy. Diving with together makes diving more fun, safer and is in some countries even a legal requirement. The idea behind it is based on the fact that with two it is easier and less stressful to manage difficult […]
Welcome to the start of the Angel Shark Season in Gran Canaria
From early November till end of March we look out for Angel SharksThe Angel Shark, also called Squatina Squatina is one of the rare species you find in the waters of Gran Canaria. In the winter, around Christmas, they come close to shore to give birth to their offspring. The shark babies need shallow and protected waters. That is why we only see them in winter time. The body of an adult Squatina Squatina is covered with black, brown, reddish, grey or greenish sandpaper-like skin. Some even look almost completely white, some have dark splotches and white spots scattered on the back side of the body. Specific coloration provides ideal camouflage on the sandy floor. Angel shark has flat body and large pectoral fins. The underside of an angel shark is usually smooth and white. Angel Sharks grow to an average of 1,5m long and weigh an average of 35kgs. However some large species , like the Japanese Shark, grow to 2m in length. They live between 25 and 35 years and reach maturity at 10-12 years old.
No danger for diversThey eat flatfishes, skates, crustaceans or mollusks. They spend the day hidden in the sand and rocks of the ocean bed. As such, they are hard to spot. Only a trained eye can see their shape in the sand. As fish swim by, the angel shark bursts up and surprises the prey, catching it in its trap-like jaws. The Squatina Squatina has nine rows of teeth on the top of their jaw and ten rows of teeth on the bottom jaw with a center space that contains no teeth, perfect for catching and eating their prey. Human related attacks are very rare. Angel shark will attack humans only when provoked. So if you see one, enjoy it but give them their space.
Endangered speciesAngel sharks are listed as critically endangered. Since they lie on the bottom of the sea, they are not intentionally being caught but they often get caught in the bottom fishing nets. That is why Scuba Sur is actively participating in the angel shark project by reporting the various sightings. For more details, have a look in the Angelshark.
From early November till end of Marck we look out for Angel Sharks in the south of Gran Canaria.
The Angel Shark, also called Squatina Squatina is one of the rare species you find in the waters of Gran Canaria. In the winter, around Christmas. They come close to shore to give birth to their offspring. The shark babies need shallow and protected waters. It is always agreat experience seeing this highly endangered species while diving.
Duiken in Gran Canaria – Ontdek de Onderwaterwereld in het Zuiden van het Eiland Gran Canaria, een van de prachtige Canarische Eilanden, staat bekend om zijn betoverende landschappen en zonovergoten stranden. Het zuiden van het eiland kent dan ook 360 dagen zon per jaar. Kerst vieren op het strand met 26°C is geen uitzondeling. Wat […]
10 Things That Change When You Start Scuba Diving After competing your scuba diving training and subsequently preparing for your first dive, there is a sense of nervousness and excitement. But within minutes of jumping into the ‘deep blue’, that anxiety seems to cease and you are overwhelmed with a sense of tranquility and peace. […]
Why would I need a scuba refresh? Everybody has experienced it. You are on a diving excursion and one of your fellow divers is not at the level expected. It typically starts with the preparation of the dive kit. It takes ages to get prepared and requires the full attention of the dive centre staff. […]
Gran Canaria, the round island Gran Canaria, located in the centre of the Canarian archipelago – also called the round island because of its circular shape – is 47 km across and covers an area of 1,560 sq km. Its highest peak, Pozo de Las Nieves (1,949m above sea level), is situated right in the […]
Why do you want a job in a dive center? Before entering into details and tips on how to apply for a job, think about why you want to apply for it. For the newbies in the industry, just became a Dive Master or recently went through the instructor certification process, applying for a first job […]
Equalizing your ears is one of the first skills that new divers learn and that we practice on every single dive. While building up dives, equalization becomes almost instinctive for many divers. For some divers equalizing remains difficult, frustrating and even painful. Let’s have a look into the process, the techniques and what can make equalizing […]
As divers we have a passion for being under water, so the term “being hooked on” can be looked at in a positive way. Despite this, and being under water often, “being hooked on” has a very negative meaning to us. In the recent months we see an increasing amount of marine life suffering […]
Thanks to a great article in SnorkelyBuceo.com scuba diving and snorkeling in Gran Canaria is brought under the attention. Follow the link to read the full article (in Spanish): http://www.snorkelybuceo.com/lugares-para-bucear/bucear-en-gran-canaria/
Work as a diver as an adventure Most people are convinced that becoming a dive instructor and work in the industry is only about the adventure in your life, working in exotic destinations and earning lots of money. Well, the truth is a bit different. Talk to dive instructors and dive masters, both experienced and […]
How many certified divers took their first scuba diving steps through a PADI Discover Scuba Diver? Anybody wonders why this first experience changed their lives? Most divers I talked to explained their DSD was a great experience. Thanks to the dive centre and dive instructor, passing their passion for diving, a new diver was born. […]
Thanks to a great article in //www.snorkelenduiken.nl scuba diving and snorkeling in Gran Canaria is brought under the attention. Follow the link to read the full article (in Dutch): //www.snorkelenduiken.nl/duikplekken/duiken-op-gran-canaria/ Update Nov 2023 from Scuba Sur: We noted the website www.snorkelduiken.nl is no longer valid. We removed the link for safety.
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