10 Places to Swim With Sharks The world's top spots to get up close and personal with Jaws By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff Posted Aug 1, 2010 5:50 PM CDT 12 comments Comments In this May, 30, 2010 photo, a whale shark swims in the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (Newser) – If you've been jonesing for Shark Week, kicking off tonight, Discovery's in-house shark expert Andy DeHart recommends 10 places where you can go to swim with the big fishes, courtesy of ABC: Cocos Island, Costa Rica: "Hundreds of scalloped hammerheads school above the scenic sea mounts" of this jungle rising out of the ocean, says DeHart. The trick? It's a 36-hour boat ride from the mainland. Isla de Mujeres, Mexico: A little closer to home, you can run into up to 50 whale sharks at a hit. Tip: "Snorkeling is the method for encounters with these huge plankton-feeding sharks," DeHart says. Guadalupe Island, Mexico: Clear blue water makes this "hands-down the best place to photograph and film enormous great white sharks," DeHart says. It's another long boat ride, though, at 150 miles off Mexico. Palau Shark Sanctuary, Palau: The island nation sports the world's first shark sanctuary, roughly the size of France. "Palau is realizing that sharks are worth more in tourism dollars than as a commercial fishery," DeHart says. For the rest of the list, from Africa to Australia, click here.