Grey Reef Shark (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos)
3 cool facts about Grey Reef sharks!
- Many of these sharks in and around Palau become much darker than the ones that can be found in other parts of the world, as they tan due to the sunlight.
- Grey reef shark can reach 5 to 6.6 feet in length, 44 to 66 pounds of weight and can survive up to 25 years in the wild.
- Grey reef shark shows specific behavior when it is threatened. It swims side to side with arched back, raised head and dropped pectoral fins. Kinda like Left Shark… 😀
Reef Hooking is popular here due to the ripping currents that can be at the dive site, Blue Corner. Basically a metal hook with a line is secured to the rocky sea floor and the other end of the line is attached to your BCD. You no longer have to fight against the current and can just dangle off the end of the line in the current and watch the show. I know it sounds border line like “shark bait” dangling off a line 😀 but it made it an incredibly relaxing dive to not have to fight the current. What blew me away about Palau was the insane numbers of species. Think that’s particulate in the photos? Nope. It’s THOUSANDS of fish. Surreal.
You can read more about our adventures in Palau here. 🙂