Mako Shark Diving
Mako shark diving is the most exciting and adrenalin rushing shark diving there is. They are almost like a miniature Great White on too much caffeine. Like Great Whites, they are “warm-blooded”. This means that their muscles can work more effectively and are capable of attaining speeds up to 46 miles per hour when pursuing prey. Like all other pelagic species, they are always patrolling the open ocean for their next meal and anything that they come across is a potential food source. This can be intimidating to a diver but as long as the same rules applied to Blue shark diving are followed then diving with Makos is simply exhilarating. To witness these streamline torpedoes with ragged teeth spilling out of their mouths and to feel the sheer power these fish are capable of in the blink of an eye is shark diving at its best.
Southern California has one of the best populations of Shortfin Mako sharks and is the ideal place to dive with Makos. Following their pelagic prey, they arrive in our offshore waters when the water warms in late June and remain until the waters cool and they prey leaves in early November (months can vary depending on water temperatures). They are encountered in the same locations as the Blues and the same chumming techniques are used to attract them. Please visit the Blue Shark Diving page for this information.
As with Blue shark, Michael uses hand feeding as a tool to keep Mako sharks around for longer and closer for photographers.
Michael Kazma hand feeding a 5′ female Mako shark. Photo by Gregory Cain
*Shark sightings cannot be guarnteed as they are wild animals.
*Shark Chums is a not for profit organization founded by Michael Kazma dedicated to shark diving and conservation. All dives are conducted at the divers own risk and Shark chums and/or Michael Kazma is not liable for any personal injury, death or property damage, now and forever, arising out of or related to participation in shark diving activities.