Discover the world’s most fascinating aquatic life

Aquatic life under our oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams is amazing! From microscopic zooplankton to the largest animal on earth, the blue whale, underwater life comes in all possible shapes and sizes. With 71% of the earth being covered with water, it is no wonder we are so fascinated with what lies beneath the surface. In fact, scientists estimate that there are nearly 1 million different species of aquatic animals. Freshwater ecosystems are home mainly to fish, invertebrates, and reptiles, whereas the ocean contains a wide array of marine life including fish, mollusks, crustaceans, reptiles, sharks, and marine mammals like whales, dolphins, seals, and manatees.

Sharks

They are very peaceful and completely safe, making swimming with whale sharks an extraordinary experience.

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Great White shark

Diving with great white sharks is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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It is an extraordinary experience to dive with tiger sharks and witness their raw power and commanding presence.

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There are only a handful of places divers can reliably encounter mako sharks.

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Become a blue shark advocate by spending time diving with these majestic creatures.

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Great Hammerhead shark

Treat yourself to an unforgettable adventure now and go diving with hammerhead sharks today.

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Scalloped Hammerhead

No matter where in the world you dive with scalloped hammerheads, it is sure to be the experience of a lifetime.

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Diving with oceanic whitetip sharks is an unforgettable and humbling experience.

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Thresher shark

Experiencing this unique hunting method of tresher sharks live is like nothing you’ve seen before while scuba diving.

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Contrary to the lemon shark’s menacing grimace with their protruding curved teeth, these animals are actually quite gentle towards humans.

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Due to their calm demeanor, scuba diving with sand tiger sharks is a common and enjoyable experience.

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Scuba diving in clear ocean water with bull sharks can be a thrilling, one-in-a-lifetime experience.

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As they eat mainly reef occupying species, silvertips are only found in the warm tropical waters.

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Silky shark

If you would like diving with silky sharks you may have to plan a trip that includes blue water diving in areas with large fish like tunas.

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Whitetip reef shark

Whitetip reef sharks are considered non-aggressive towards humans and are generally not threatened by human presence.

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Blacktip reef sharks are one of the most common sharks to see while diving in the Indo-Pacific region.

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Nurse sharks are usually found resting on the bottom of the reef or inside small caverns - check out the map for all the best dive sites.

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Wobbegongs are also known as “carpet sharks” because of the shaggy looking beards that grow around their mouths.

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Zebra sharks are found living on coral and rocky reefs in the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific - here are the dive sites.

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Diving with grey reef sharks is always exciting as they are often times very curious about divers when they first enter the water.

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Oceanic Blacktip shark

Have you ever dreamed of diving with the oceanic blacktip shark? If so, check out here to explore them.

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If you wish to add angel sharks to your list of shark encounters, explore the map.

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Sawsharks are very unique looking sharks having a long saw-like snout edged with sharp teeth - here are the best dive sites.

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Whales

Humpback whale

Humpback Whales are acrobats and singers among the whales - find out where you can find these fantastic singers.

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Diving with pilot whales is a rare yet exhilarating experience.

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Byrde’s whales are members of the roqual family of whales.

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Beluga whale

With their prominently large melon and bright white color, the beluga whale is the easiest whale species to recognize.

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Beaked whales are usually found congregating in deep waters near continental shelves.

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The largest predatory animal on earth is the Sperm Whale - it is extraordinary to dive with such intelligent and social whales

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With a length of 33 meters and a weight of up to 200 tons, Blue Whales are the largest and heaviest animals that have ever lived on our planet.

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The wonderfully inquisitive and gentle character traits of minke whales make scuba diving with them a fantastic experience.

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Their rough looking appearance and docile behavior at the surface has earned gray whales the nickname ‘breathing rocks.’

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Killer whale (Orca)

Encountering a pod of orcas while scuba diving is an experience like no other.

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Dolphins

The most distinct characteristic is its beautiful, elaborate color pattern of its dark gray back - seeing them are truly a experience.

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Bottlenose dolphin

Since bottlenose dolphins have the widest distribution of all the dolphin species, they are the easiest type to encounter while diving.

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Diving with pilot whales is a rare yet exhilarating experience.

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Diving with striped dolphins is a unique opportunity as they are not as inquisitive as their bottlenose cousins.

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Spinner dolphin

Due to its smaller size, speed, and athleticism it is harder to encounter spinner dolphins while diving underwater.

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Seahorses and Pipefishes

Pygmy seahorse

If you’ve dreamed about diving with the pygmy seahorse in its natural habitat you will have narrow your travel options to a very specific dive location.

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Common Seahorse

If you want to find them while diving, make sure you go slow, keep your eyes peeled, and look closely along the soft or rocky bottom.

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Spiny seahorse

If scuba diving with the spiny seahorse is on your bucket list check out the locations on the map here.

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Weedy seadragon

If you want to scuba dive with weedy seadragons, plan your dive trip to Australia.

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If you would like to see pipefish while diving make sure you look for them closely along the ocean floor.

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Leafy seadragon

The leafy sea dragon is a master at camouflage, blending perfectly amongst the floating kelp beds in which it lives.

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Rays

Scuba diving with mantas is one of the most amazing experiences any diver can have underwater.

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There is nothing like watching reef manta rays, these large filter feeders soar past you like a flock of birds - find out where.

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Seeing these beautiful animals underwater is an incredible moment that will last a lifetime.

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As long as you keep a safe distance, you can experience beautiful dives with stingrays.

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Click here to find the most popular areas to dive with electric rays.

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Skates can be found in most parts of the world - find it out exactly here.

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Diving with guitarfish is fairly common as they are abundant in numbers and widely distributed throughout tropical and warm temperate ocean waters.

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Turtles

If you are lucky enough to go diving with leatherback sea turtles bring your camera as this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

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Scuba diving alongside a green sea turtle is always special as you watch them soar gracefully through the water.

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Loggerhead turtle

With their ability to live in a variety of habitats from inshore waters to the open sea, chances of diving with a loggerhead sea turtle are pretty good.

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Diving with hawksbill sea turtles is one of the most desired encounters for most divers since they don’t venture far from the reef.

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If diving with an olive ridley sea turtle is on your bucket list, check out the dive site map.

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Freshwater Fishes

Diving with freshwater bass is always fun as they can grow to be quite large and prefer warmer, shallow, clear water - find out where you can see them.

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Diving with pike is an unforgettable experience as they can grow quite large and are very pretty underwater - find out.

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Dive with carp today by visiting one of the dive sites on the map.

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If you want to go diving with trout you better bring a thick wetsuit - find out where you can see them.

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Eels are bottom dwellers so when diving with eels, look for them to be hiding in burrows, masses of plants, and between rocky substrate.

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Want to go diving with the walleye? Find the best dive sites on the map.

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If you wish to go diving with perch, the spring is a great time to see them - find out where.

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If you want to go diving with catfish, explore the map for dive sites

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If you have ever wanted to go diving with salmon, click here to discover dive sites where they can be seen.

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If you want to go diving with hogchokers, click on the map.

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If diving with sturgeons is on your bucket list, click on here to find the best dive sites.

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Originating from the carp family, Cyprinidae, the common rudd is indigenous to the freshwater lakes and rivers of Europe and Asia.

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The char fish, also known as Arctic char, is a close relative to the trout and salmon of North America.

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European bullhead

The tiny European bullhead is commonly found throughout England and Whales’ cold, freshwater streams, lakes, and rivers.

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European bitterling

The European bitterling is a small, common fish found throughout Europe’s shallow, freshwater dive sites.

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Tench, also known as doctor fish, are thick, heavy, large-growing fish with an olive green to black back and bronze underbelly and a carp-like shape.

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The stickleback is a small, scaleless fish found in the fresh, brackish, and marine waters of the Northern Hemisphere’s temperate regions.

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The loach goby is a medium-sized fish living in the tropical, fast-flowing streams in the mountainous regions of Asia.

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