Shark in the dark – Great Hammerhead at Maaya Thila

Shark in the dark – Great Hammerhead at Maaya Thila

Scuba divers enjoying a night dive on the amazing Maaya Thila recently had a very unexpected sighting – that of a Great Hammerhead Shark, one of the oceans most famous and feared sharks.

The Great Hammerhead Shark (Sphyrna mokarran), also known as the Oceanic Hammerhead Shark, is recognisable by the long dorsal fin and unmistakable head shape. There are nine species in this family of sharks and the Great Hammerhead is the largest of them all, reaching up to six meters in length and weighting as much as 450 kg. Common in both coastal and offshore waters, this shark is a solitary predator and is rarely seen at reefs frequented by other shark species.

Being in front of one of these incredible creatures is an adrenaline pumping experience, one that many divers would like to experience. The lucky divers from TGI Maldives Maayafushi certainly have something to tick off their bucket list, to encounter this top predator, in the dark, was possibly a once-in-a-lifetime event and certainly a dive they won’t forget in a hurry.

The advice is always the same: dive and explore the wonders of the ocean, amazing and unexpected encounters are always around the corner.