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:: Monday, March 20th, 2006 @ 10:24:46 am

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fill ‘er up! a tiger shark gets a taste to eat.

- Updated: March 25 - I’ve posted ten eleven videos of our time on the Shear Water in the Bahamas to give you an idea of what diving with large sharks is really like. We spent a lot of time in the water with seven different shark species: tiger sharks, bull sharks, great hammerheads, lemon sharks, caribbean reef sharks, black-tip reef sharks, and nurse sharks.

If you can’t play Windows Media 9 video files, have patience! When I get a moment, I’ll update this page with different versions of the video (I’m at the airport right now).

Tiger Shark Video, Bahamas
Video: the friendliest tiger shark of the week (the very definition of a "player"), plus tons of lemon sharks. i chose this clip because it shows how calm the sharks are and how close they come to relaxed divers [wmv9 - 7mb]
  Tiger Shark Video, Bahamas
Video: a tiger shark named "kate" swims by with her entourage of cobia [wmv9 - 1.7mb]
Two Tiger Sharks Investigate, Bahamas
Video: camera handling goes out the door when trying to keep tabs on two tiger sharks at the same time. at some point, we are just trying to make sure we’re always facing approaching sharks. lemon sharks are everywhere, and we ignore them because they’re so docile. oh yeah, the tigers in this video eat some fish and mouth a camera! [wmv9 - 25mb]
  Tiger Shark Surface Wrangling, Bahamas
Video: tiger shark wrangling in the bahamas (shot from the swim step). always watch the shark even after it looks like it’s turning away [wmv9 - 7mb] [youtube]
Tiger shark pass in deep water, Bahamas
Video: a large tiger shark makes a pass at dr. alex mustard. dr. mustard stoically does not show fear [wmv9 - 1.4mb] [youtube] [google vid]
  Tiger sharks investigate in strong current, Bahamas
Video: multiple tiger sharks come in to investigate us while we dangle on a line in 3 knot current. we’re at the surface and can barely hold on, which makes us feel very exposed… [wmv9 - 4.3mb] [google vid] [youtube]
Bull sharks at Walker's Cay, Bahamas
Video: bull sharks buzz by in the shallows at bull shark beach, walker’s cay [wmv9 - 9mb]
  Black-tip reef shark at Walker's Cay, Bahamas
Video: a black-tip reef shark at bull shark beach, walker’s cay [wmv9 - 2.5mb]
Black-tip reef shark at Walker's Cay, Bahamas
Video: the amazing maneuverability of a great hammerhead shark [wmv9 - 3mb]
  Black-tip reef shark at Walker's Cay, Bahamas
Video: a tiger shark comes in on a bait line [wmv9 - 5mb]
Black-tip reef shark at Walker's Cay, Bahamas
Video: reef shark and grouper scene [wmv9 - 9mb]
   

You may also be interested in full-size (but compressed) screen grabs from the above videos. They’re interlaced because I haven’t figured out (yet) how to grab interpolated screen grabs in Vegas:

[reef scene] [tiger - fast motion at surface 1] [tiger - fast motion at surface 2]
And finally, Bruce Yates has graciously allowed me to use some shots he took of me with the lovely sharks we were shooting:


me, shooting a bull shark


me, surrounded by tiger sharks and lemon sharks

UPDATE Stephen Frink has posted an interview of me in Scuba Diving Magazine’s PMA 2006 report.

| West Palm Beach, Florida | link | trackback | Mar 20, 2006 10:24:46
  • http://www.davidpatchen.com Dave P

    Wow, very cool footage. I’d definitely need to seriously rinse out my wetsuit if a monster like some of these came right at me while rolling their protective eye lids up.

    BTW, somehow I have the sneaking suspician that I’ll need to pack really light for my next trip w/you to potentially offset your even more extreme baggage weight overage. I can already see multiple video cameras, housings, lenses, lights, etc. in your future :)

  • http://www.davidpatchen.com Dave P

    Was Jim Abernathy holding the bait crate while his strobe and arm was getting chewed on? (Strobe arm, not human arm :) Whoever that is, I think they may be completely nuts.

  • http://echeng.com echeng

    That’s Jim Abernethy at work. :)

  • http://www.divester.com Willy

    As always, nice work. If people watched this footage, they might realize that sharks are not quite the dangerous, evil, man-eating creatures they are so often portrayed to be. That tiger shark appears as gentle as my fat yellow lab.

  • bungholio

    omg. you should watch “grizzly man” ~~ lol omg

  • http://seville.oo.nu/blog stchatterbox

    The pictures are very lovely, very colourful indeed. Making a download link for the videos is good;quality wise, but convinient wise, a You-Tube or something we could play on the same page…….

  • http://echeng.com echeng

    “If you can’t play Windows Media 9 video files, have patience! When I get a moment, I’ll update this page with different versions of the video (I’m at the airport right now).”

  • fred

    whistles So beautiful!

    (BTW for mac users I recommend flip4mac for playing these.)

  • Weiwei

    Wow, Eric, it’s cool…I hope I can join the trip sometime in the future…

  • http://echeng.com echeng

    Youtube doesn’t seem to want to honor my video sizes when i give them wmv files (it plays them back 4:3). H.264 .mov files work fine as 16:9 on youtube, but my tools don’t produce as good results when I export that way.

    grrr.

    i just watched the videos for the first time with proper speakers, and the hydrophone is great! i love that you can hear jimmy making noises to tell me that there is a shark approaching from behind. :)

  • http://markus.nolf.org markus

    tigerbeach1 is shocking. the bumps, the strobe-arm-incident… WOW! incredible videos, eric!

  • Alexis

    very nice eric…i wish i was there with you guys

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  • http://earthstroke.com the_shindogg

    Absolutely awesome footage. Makes me want to be reincarnated as a shark. I’ll have to remember to ask nicely in purgatory….

  • http://sharkbyte.us Mike Echevarria

    Eric, nice video’s!!! I was on the trip the week before you. I however struggled with my manual white balance using a white slate and a red filter. If I used the surface to set the white balance, the level shots seemed red. If I used a level setting the surface seemed to red. What where doing for yours? Any thoughts?

  • http://www.dlindsey.us David Lindsey

    Eric, I could see how you might be concerned dangling off of a boat with sharks. I’d say you probably looked a lot like the bait line we see in the other shots.

    David.

  • http://echeng.com echeng

    Hey, Mike. When really shallow, I pointed straight up and white-balanced on the surface. But this was only for tiger beach. In blue water, I just tried not to point up. :)

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  • http://www.mit.edu/~menchu Miguel

    you’ve got such a passion for life; your photography is a amazing. For long I’ve had this secret dream of starting a website from which I’d get funding (ads) and travel around the world documenting it. But boy, after seing your pictures I think you’re far more qualified to do such a thing. Thanks for sharing all of these great pictures. You’ve got a great talent!

  • http://www.bubblevision.cmo Nick Hope

    Fantastic videos Eric. Respect to you guys for keeping so cool amongst these magnificent sharks.

  • http://www.auchmeddan.net Dave Baird

    I did the Shear Water trip after seeing some of your pics online and Jim Watt’s pic that was published in Sport Diver. The trip was incredible, and seeing some of the videos you have published has brought back some great memories. Your videos and photos are great – thanks for sharing them and inspiring people like me to get into the water with big fish.

  • http://donthaveonesorry sara

    wow this is amazing!

  • Siggy

    Wow! Really the best tiger-footage ever seen.

    Congratulations.

    This year in Mexico I hadn’t luck, so I have to try the Bahamas? ;-)

    best wishes

    Siggy

  • tim hawkey

    eric, you can de-interlace your video while exporting in quicktime pro or in imovie, or after effects. Not sure what machine you’re on, but I’m a big fan and thought I’d pass this on.

  • http://echeng.com echeng

    I’ve updated the entry with a few links to YouTube videos.

  • jack wills

    really great footage, eric. I tag sharks with IMS-UNC when I’m there and the boat is going out. I have been invited to give a lecture on sharks at University of Mary Washington this fall, and would appreciate it if I could use some of your images to enhance my power point presentation.

    Best Regards,

    Jack wills OD

  • http://www.squidoo.com/bahamas-vacation-all-inclusive Mike

    These videos are just plain awesome. They make me want to return to the Bahamas for a few weeks or so. Keep up the great work!

  • http://www.mybahamas.ru Bahamian

    Great Bahamian sharks. I wonder how dangerous are they?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mentalblock/sets/72157606573281734/ Kevin Bryant

    Dang. I’m signed up for this trip next month. I thought that I was crazy enough to do this sort of thing. Some of that footage makes me wonder. . . Can’t wait to find out. :-)

    Kevin

  • http://www.acheng.com anna

    that is pretty cool erik. wondering if you created the website. i am only nine but pretty smart. i know all about sharks. i have swam with them. kinda. when i went to atlantis there is a waterslide that goes through a shark tank. it is really cool. there are mostly tiger sharks. and lemon sharks. just like the pictures above. i have seen some shark videos on youtube and some of them have legos. i mean those pictures are cool. i really like sharks. they have always been the most interesting species or group of animal in the world. but that is just coming from me. some people might say different. but the picture taking is impressive. i like them. the next time i come to this website. i might find something new about sharks. maybe more than that. i am hoping i will.

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