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A healthy 81 degrees Fahrenheit average (27 degrees Celsius).

The Caribbean waters are filled with all kinds of marine life, including sharks. Did you know that on average 5 people are killed worldwide by sharks, while in the same time span people kill 100 million sharks? This is according to a conservationist Sharks4Kids, from the Bahamas (see above film).

Sharks are wild animals and people should be careful near these animals, just as people should stay away from wild dolphins as well. Back in 2007 there was a sighting of a school of wild dolphins near the shallow areas of Palm Beach, which prompted several tourists to foolishly approach these wild mammals. If you are not trained, please don’t try to approach these animals, however well-intentioned it may be.

Fact of the matter is that there are animals in the water surrounding this beautiful island including a diverse and vibrant underwater sea life. It is uncommon, however, to witness sightings of such visitors like sharks, dolphins or jellyfish, to mention a few. Fact is that in recent times (since the tourism boom of the 90s) to this date (early 2015) no major shark attack has been recorded near any Aruba beaches.

One of the most popular and common stories hear about sharks in Aruba is really a funny one. Apparently we locals feed the sharks on the opposite side of the island; this way somehow it will prevent sharks from going near the hotels.

This is not true.  Please put this story in the “old wife’s tale”-column.

Let’s assume, for argument’s sake, that indeed there is shark feeding going on (which would attract a whole lot more than sharks alone) at the opposite side of the island, what guarantee would you then have that after the feeding comes to an end for the day the sharks won’t venture out to other areas near the coast to seek for more “easy” food, therefore creating a whole new set of problems?

Additionally it would seem very costly, time-consuming and un-natural to tackle this hypothetical problem, which makes this assumption not plausible. Please put this story in the “old wife’s tale”-column.

Some of the creatures you may see include: Parrot Fish, Barracuda, turtlles, pods of squid, octopus andmany other kinds of smaller tropical fish, wrasse, dolphins, jelly fish, crabs, occasional sharks

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