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Are there any Sharks in the San Blas Islands?

The presence of slow-moving always-friendly nurse sharks is not uncommon in the waters of the San Blas islands.

The abundance of marine life in the archipelago of Kuna Yala is not only in the form of coral fish, turtles and dolphins but also various species of sharks both in inside the lagoons and anchorages and outside in the reefs.

For the most part, and most easily seen, the nurse shark remains the most spotted shark in the region and probably the only one you will get to see if you do not venture to the outer reef or open seas. These nurse sharks often approach our catamarans to feed on the remains of fish or lobster that our chef discards into the surrounding sea.

Nurse sharks are not aggressive and usually swim away when approached, do not miss the opportunity to jump in the water and interact with them. Bring your gopro or underwater camera if you have one.

For the adventurous sailors and spear fishing enthusiasts there is always opportunity to swim with other types of sharks and although they are not abundant in the archipelago, other species, such as reef and bull sharks may seldom be seen in the open waters outside the reefs and far away from our anchorages and frequented islands.

Chances of being attacked in San Blas by a shark are 0. With no shark attack on record, sailing the San Blas islands is a safe and memorable experience for family and friends.

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