Australian sharks come in all sizes, including the giant whale shark which survives on plankton. More of a whale than a shark, they have a similar physiology to sharks, yet are filter feeders like many whales.
The Great White is a real shark, are predators and can get very large in size, while other sharks only reach a length of up to 25 centimetres. They, unlike whales, use gills to extract oxygen from water on the right and left side of their heads. Some of them can swim in fresh water.
Some sharks are dangerous, such as the Great White, Bull Shark and the Tiger Shark, but normally do not attack humans, but sometimes mistake us for seals, dolphins or similar animals. That being said, it is probably unwise to trust any shark with rows of pointed teeth when swimming, better to play safe if seen.
You can see Great White Sharks at the Neptune Islands with Calypso Dive Charters, an eco certified operator, using shark cages. The only place in Australia where you can do this, you can bet it’s an adrenaline pumping experience.
More about Calypso Dive Charters: Phone +61 8 8682 3939, or see Shark Cage Diving.
Map showing location of the Neptune Islands on the South Australia coast: South Australia National Parks.
Also located just off the coast of South Australia, with more than a third protected by national parks and reserves: Kangaroo Island SA.
Parks in South Australia include Coffin Bay National Park, the Gawler Ranges National Park, the Nullarbor National Park and the Great Australian Bight Marine Park. More about the National Parks in SA:
About the National Parks in Australia: Australia National Parks. World Heritage Sites in Australia:
Find Hotels and other accommodation in South Australia: Hotels in Australia.
Main Photo: Diving amongst the sharks with Calypso Dive Charters: Photo Greg Snell Tourism Australia.
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