A school of Horse-eyed Jacks while scuba diving at Santa Rosa Shallows with Maple Leaf Scuba in Cozumel, Mexico

Scuba Diving Facts

Scuba Diving Facts

Scuba diving offers you the best way to explore the underwater adventures of Cozumel.  Imagine diving in cenotes or caves, diving with bull sharks or just drifting along the Cozumel coral reefs.

Here are some interesting facts that you may not have known about scuba diving.

Did you know that ....


  • SCUBA is an acronym. It stands for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus?
  • The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the largest living organism on the planet?
  • Each year, over 1 million people worldwide become certified scuba divers?
  • The Great White Shark is the only shark which is able to lift its head above the surface of the water and look for prey?
  • Sharks are color blind and they cannot swim backwards as other fish?
  • Whale Sharks are the largest fish in the world.  They can grow up to 65 feet (20 meters) long and weight up to 75,000 pounds?
  • Shortfin Mako Shark is the fastest shark in the world. The Mako Shark can swim up to 74 kilometers (46 miles) per hour while the average shark cruises along slowly at about 2.4 kilometers (1.5 miles) per hour?
  • Eagle Rays have an average sized wingspan of 9 feet  (3 meters) but for the larger ones, it may go up to 10 feet (3 meters)?
  • Pufferfish can change color, turning lighter or darker in response to their environment and can move their eyes independently They can move their right eye in one direction and their left eye in another so they are looking at two different things at the same time?
  • Seahorses are monogamous and mate for life? Rarer still, they are among the only animal species on earth in which the male bears the unborn young.
  • A group of eagle rays is called a "fever"?

For more information on Cozumel scuba diving, please feel free to contact Maple Leaf Scuba.