In Guadalupe white shark appear every year during long periods of time, making this island the world's most prolific location of great whites.
The Guadalupe White Shark
Great white sharks are older than the dinosaurs, and clearly have outlived them, too. They are known as arguably the most efficient eating machines on the planet.
A white shark in the waters of Isla Guadalupe, Mexico.
The white shark, or Carcharodon carcharias, is the main predator in Guadalupe's coastal habitats.
Yet, their reputation as vicious killers who will eat anything without hesitation, including humans, is misleading.
Although they must by all means be deeply respected, observation proves them to be cautious hunters.
And human beings are a far cry from their first choice of a feast... although if that's what's around and they are hungry, we all know what can happen.
Guadalupe Island is the seasonal home of the most prolific great white shark population known to marine biologists anywhere, primarily made up of transitional sub-adults, 12 to 16 feet in long, sleek, and very fast.
Guadalupe Island or otherwise known as Isla Guadalupe, is a volcanic island which is one of Mexico’s most isolated islands.
Guadalupe Island has the most incredibly unique flora and fauna and is a sheer magnet for marine life, above and below the water, including sharks.
Guadalupe Island lies 160 miles off the west coast of Mexico’s northern Baja California, 270 miles south of Ensenada, and approximately 320 miles south of the USA-Mexico border.
Isla Guadalupe is about 20 miles in length and varies in width from 4 to 6 miles. Upheaveled black rock and cinder cones display the island's volcanic origins.
The currents of the open ocean wash Guadalupe with crystal clear water which can provide more than 100 feet of visibility.
The temperature of the water is generally between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
This area is the seasonal home of the most prolific great white shark population known to marine biologists anywhere, primarily made up of transitional sub-adults, 12 to 16 feet in long, sleek, and very fast.
The Guadalupe white shark make seasonal appearances. These sharks are generally seen more in the summer and fall months and the island has become an increasingly popular destination for great white shark diving.
Great White Shark Adventures
Diving down into the transparent turquoise Pacific waters to be within one foot of a white shark can be one of the most memorable experiences of your life.
Cage divers who go down into the amazingly clear and beautiful waters of the island have been known to be surrounded by half a dozen and even more white sharks at one time.
The shark cages are custom built to a size of 10’ x 7’ x 5’ and are made of marine grade aluminum. Certified welders construct the cages to 100% precision.
They include large entry hatches with doors that open and close with ease in order to allow divers to enter and exit safely. All cages float of the surface of the water.
The shark cages also have large viewing windows which provide unobstructed photographs.
Cage diving with great sharks first began at Guadalupe Island in September 2005 when Doc Anes of San Diego Shark Diving chartered the Nautilus Explorer to travel down to Guadalupe Island.
It's not an experience for the faint of heart, but for those who love high adventure and get excited by the rawness of nature, seeing the Guadalupe white sharks eying them with obvious interest and brushing their cages with their tails, even sometimes getting playful and biting the cage bars, is an unforgettable experience that they hold dear in their minds forever.
Remember that whilst you are visiting the Pacific Ocean in Baja California that you will not be spending every moment of your time in the water.
There is always a possibility of wind on land along with overcast skies.
Therefore, you will need to remember to take along with you a broad range of clothing and your own personal items such as:
Guadalupe White Shark, Research and Conservation
Over recent decades, the population of white sharks has been vanishing worldwide. It is estimated that there has been a 65% to 85% decline in its global population size.
White Sharks are listed as an endangered species in Mexico. However, unfortunately they do not possess any resources to dispatch park rangers in small enforcement vessels to protect them. It is unfortunate that the great whites in Guadalupe Island share their territory with large commercial fishing fleets, which puts the sharks in great jeopardy.
The sharks are also targeted by fishermen for their fins, teeth, and jaws. They are highly vulnerable to overfishing because of their large size, slow reproductive rate, and decreasing population.
Marine biologists also come to the island from Ensenada and USA to study how we might preserve these amazing creatures.
For while they are the largest predatory fish in the world, they are on the endangered species list. You see, even the great white shark is no match for the predatory powers of mankind.
Getting to Guadalupe Island
The island can be reached by boat, or by the airplane which departs weekly from the airport in Maneadero, a few miles south of Ensenada.
Charters. Guadalupe White Shark Tours.
Experienced crews. Cage diving. Good vessels with several departures to Isla Guadalupe.
Both MV Islander and MV Nautilus Explorer depart from Ensenada.
Call them by dialing: 415-404-6144. Toll free: 888-405-3268.