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  • Ian Usher of CaribbeanIslandForSale – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Answered by Ian Usher - CaribbeanIslandForSale
    Posted June 13, 2013

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    I live in the beautiful archipelago of Bocas del Toro on the Caribbean coast of Panama. I am on a small island, and tend to either swim or snorkel most days. And as yet, I have never felt threatened by anything "dangerous".
     
    The video included here was filmed on and around the island, and includes much swimming and snorkeling. We've seen barracuda, octopus, rays, and even a couple of small nurse sharks. They have all been more scared of us than we are of them.
     
    Every day in Bocas del Toro people swim, dive, snorkel, surf and play in the sea, and I've yet to hear of a serious incident. I imagine the most common sea creature-related problems are either cuts from getting close to the coral, spikes in a foot from standing on a spiny urchin, or an occasional sting from a jellyfish.
     
    I live right by Dolphin Bay, and regularly see dolphins when out in my boat or canoe. But I've yet to meet them when I'm actually in the water. That would be fun.
     
    Come on in, the water's lovely.
  • Michael Ducharme of Lotus Garden – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Answered by Michael Ducharme - Lotus Garden
    Posted January 23, 2013
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    Yes. Although I've never heard anyone so much as mention the words "shark attack" in my decade of living here, the fact is that sharks and other "dangerous" ocean dwellers do not respect international borders, they do not carry passports, and they do not sign in on arrival. Since these creatures may freely swim anywhere they please, no one could ever rule out their presence in Panama.

    In fact, a surfer Web site lists 27 shark attacks in Panama, with some fatalities, and some provoked incidents.

    That being said, the most common complaint I've heard from the locals and visitors with regard to Panama's waters is not related related to sharks or even stingrays, but the pesky stinging jellyfish.
  • RENE GOMEZ of SCUBAPANAMA – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Answered by RENE GOMEZ - SCUBAPANAMA
    Posted June 14, 2013

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    Both of the oceans on either side of Panama have the usual type of tropical marine animals.
     
    Sharks were almost fished-out on account of the demand for their fins.
     
    Besides sea urchins, which are seldom seen (because they habitate inside the coral heads), the only other animal that could puncture your skin would be a stingray if bathing at low tide.  If you need to wade through, please drag your feet, because the stingray will flee when touched.
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