One of the largest members of the requiem shark family, Galapagos sharks are often spotted when snorkeling and diving throughout the archipelago.
Galapagos sharks in larger numbers are found in the waters around Darwin and Wolf Islands and when snorkeling or diving around Gordon Rocks off of Santa Cruz Island.
The mating season of the Galapagos shark is between January and March. Females give birth 12 months later, making the spring and summer months the time to see pups and juvenile sharks in the waters of the Galapagos Marine Reserve. The young sharks stay in the shallows until they grow strong enough to brave the open waters.
Sleek and slender, the torpedo-shaped grey shark can grow to 12ft. in length and weigh almost 200 pounds as adults. They prefer shallow waters- and are seen swimming along the bottom of the sea hunting for fish, squid, and octopus. In the Galapagos Islands, the reef sharks also attack sea lions, fur seals, and marine iguanas.
Requiem sharks are the largest family of sharks in the ocean-hundreds of species including tiger sharks, white-tipped reef sharks, and dusty sharks share a common bond with the Galapagos shark in the islands.
Where to find them: Throughout the islands with large groups around Darwin and Wolf Islands and Gordon Rocks off of Santa Cruz Island.
When to Find Them: Year-round with mating season taking place between January and March.