Depending on where you live, your chances of seeing a shark in the wild can jump to nearly 100 percent. Intentional shark spotting, however, involves two very different approaches. First there are next-to-no-risk vacation spots, tour groups and other travel opportunities to view mostly gentle giants, such as basking and whale sharks, or even predatory sharks, like great whites, but with great forethought and protection. Organized "white shark diving" groups, for example, permit divers to view the predatory sharks from the safety of metal cages.
The second type of frequent shark spotter is someone who is looking out for public safety. In the United States, for example, the National Park Service scouts popular beaches, both by land and air, in search of the toothy fish. Searches increase during the warm weather months, when visitors descend in droves upon the sites, heightening the likelihood of unexpected, and potentially lethal, shark and human encounters.