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To share in the possible success of our shark dive, we have invited the three Beqa villages that have fishing rights in the area, to discuss a possible protection of the site.
As of now the area is protected as “Beqa Lagoon Resort Protected Area” and fishing at the site is prohibited.
Beqa Lagoon Resort pays a set amount to the villages for each diver participating in our shark experience. This disbursement provides compensation to the villages for loss of income due to non-fishing in the protected areas.
Feeding wild animals is a very controversial topic.
Do we alter the sharks’ behavior? Should we feed at all? - Valid questions …..
And we feel the right answer is “Yes, we should, in order to make people more aware of sharks”
Our experience and daily interaction with divers shows that feeding is the right thing to do - we attract sharks with food to visit our site and stay in order to see them close up, this proximity makes it possible for every diver to study their behavior their every movement - we provide firsthand education to shark behavior, the basis to de-mystification of sharks. Our divers personally experience how considerate and careful sharks are - far from being senseless killers.
Experiencing promotes understanding - every diver that visits this site takes home an experience that renders him or her as a shark ambassador - an urgently needed protector of these wonderful animals.
As a side effect, we have learned that feeding sharks in the same location attracts lots of other species of fish, which benefits reef and coral growth.
When it comes to feeding sharks, we are different than other diver operations - we do NOT feed the sharks by hand and we keep the amount of food to a minimum.
Our feeding method is the most “natural” way of attracting sharks to the site - we simulate carcass feeding - a natural occurrence.
Sharks are “cleaning” reefs and sea from dead fish and mammals - feeding on carcasses is a natural shark behavior.
Diving Cathedral, is a “soft” shark feeding - no direct human-shark interaction, no circus tricks, etc. - just watching and learning about our majestic sharks up close and personal with memories to last a lifetime.