Over the past 3 years, dive operators across Fiji & their diving & snorkelling guests have been recording their Shark, Ray & Turtle sightings over the months of April & November. Thanks to those dedicated divers, we now have some interesting facts to share about Shark populations in Fiji.
Average Numbers of animals seen per dive during each count
Shark numbers were ten times more than seen on non-feed dives.
Overall populations appear to be increasing slightly.
Many of the baited feeding dives in Fiji involve large numbers of Bull Sharks which are known to have seasonal breeding patterns, reflected in lower shark numbers every November and higher numbers every April.
Ray and Turtle sightings on the feed sites are infrequent, and numbers generally low.More info here…
Average Numbers of animals per dive during each count
Over the years, across Fiji, divers have seen an average of 1.22 to 2.03 Sharks on every dive, plus one Ray and one Turtle every 5 to 10 dives.
Shark sightings varied year by year, but the general trend appears stable or slightly increasing.
Ray and Turtle sightings appear to be very stable.More info here…
The involvement of three of Fiji’s largest voluntourism organisations has added a large amount of data and collectors to The Great Fiji Shark Count in 2014. They are a diverse group of youngsters in different parts of the country, and have been very helpful in sending in data and boosting our results.
As the total number of observations are important to the science (the more data points, the more robust the results, the better the outcomes) these groups have greatly improved the volume of reports and surveys this year.
We look forward to their input and data during the November count, which is sooner than you think!
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