Updated January 2015
Aruba Sea is hot
What do people ask themselves in the midst of their research of their vacation. Weather? Check. Tickets? Check. Good hotel deal? Check?
How about the sea temperature in Aruba? A healthy 81 degrees Fahrenheit average (27 degrees celsius). Speaking of sea temperature, how about sea creatures such as sharks? Let’s lay it out, please read on.
How about sharks in Aruba beaches
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.
Shark Feeding Story
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.
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.
There are sharks and creatures in the sea
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 sight visitors such as sharks, dolphins or jellyfish to mention a few. Fact is that since recent times (since the tourism boom of the 90s) to this date (early 2015) no shark attack has been recorded near any Aruba beaches.
On occasion there are reports of locals catching sharks, like here and here. Both cases these were huge bull sharks. Local fishermen either go on boats or stay at the edge coastline to catch these rather dangerous fish. They typically go out early in the morning or late at night. They fish old-fashioned by throwing a line and reeling them in. It can take up to an hour to fight the mighty shark before being able to get it out of the water. I’m not sure under what circumstances but I guess that they threw feed/bait into the water to attract these animals.