shark attacks at xel-ha

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Mar 24th, 2007, 01:33 PM
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shark attacks at xel-ha

Does anyone know if sitings of dangerous sharks have occured at or very near Xel-Ha (bull sharks, tiger sharks, etc.?) Bull sharks are of particular concern to me because I've read that they like a mix of shallow salt and fresh water (found at Xel-ha).
I've heard that the floating bridge at Xel-ha has a net to keep sharks out. Is this true and do you think they could still get in? I know shark attacks in this are of the Yucatan are very rare anyway but I would like more peace of mind. I'm traveling with my mom, and she is TERRIFIED of sharks. I want her to enjoy Xel-ha worry free.
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Mar 24th, 2007, 03:29 PM
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Hello there,

Do NOT worry about shark attacks in the Yucatan.

You have more to worry about from the timeshare sharks that will converge upon you in the Cancun airport than you have to concern yourself about what may be lurking in Xel Ha.

Firstly, the passage into Xel Ha is extremely shallow and rough.

Secondly, there are not all that many fish in the lagoons at Xel Ha.

Thirdly, bull sharks are not at all common in that part of the Caribbean.

Fourthly, there have not been many shark attacks (if any) in that region for many years.

I pay attention to sharks and shark attacks because I have an interest in sharks.

We have also been traveling every year to Mexico since 1994, so I would have noticed if there had been any issues.

Go and enjoy your vacation.
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Mar 31st, 2007, 09:56 AM
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The last shark attack in Quintana Roo was in 1997 (according to the "official" shark attack website - I forget what it's calle).
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Mar 31st, 2007, 12:02 PM
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troll alert
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Mar 31st, 2007, 03:45 PM
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What's a troll alert?
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Mar 31st, 2007, 03:53 PM
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I found the website. It's from the International Shark Attack File from the Florida Museum of Natural History.

http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/sharks.../mapMiddle.htm
Map of Middle America's Confirmed Unprovoked Shark Attacks
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Mar 31st, 2007, 03:53 PM
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greenie - thanks for the reasurance
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Apr 7th, 2007, 09:24 AM
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Seriously - what is a troll alert?
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a Troll is someone who asks strange question after strange question.

Like years ago, there was someone who was fixated on bridges over pools. That's all they posted about. Drove everyone crazy.
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quite rude. She was simply trying to get concrete information to put her mother at ease.

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Apr 12th, 2007, 03:52 PM
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Sorry if I offended - didn't mean to. I didn't think the issue is silly, but then again I am the world's biggest scaredy cat!
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so welcome to fodors honeymooners2. did you have any questions on caribbean travel? we love to share our bits of knowledge.
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virginia-nice one
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