WETPIXEL BAHAMAS SHARK EXPEDITION 2006: TIGER SHARKS
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Tiger Sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) and Lemon Sharks (Negaprion brevirostris), Bahamas

Tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) are always a favorite subject on our Bahamas shark expeditions. They have a really nasty reputation, but during our encounters here, we almost never feel threatened. For the most part, the tiger sharks we encounter move around slowly and deliberately.

The most memorable of tiger shark experiences (probably worldwide) is at a location aptly named, "Tiger Beach." Beware of competing operations advertising Tiger Beach; this experience is entirely different! Tiger Beach is a shallow, sandy area in about 14 feet of water. It is not uncommon to have multiple large, tiger sharks (up to 16' in length) cruising around slowly while 25+ lemon sharks (Negaprion brevirostris) mill around underfoot. Sometimes, you actually have to push lemon sharks out of the way in order to keep an eye on the larger tiger sharks. And if you're lucky, a small school of bottlenose dolphins will buzz through while you're underwater.

I shot video for the entire week, and only took a still camera down on my last dive at Tiger Beach. Thanks, Al, for the use of your lovely Subal-housed Nikon D2x!

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SELECTED VIDEOS
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 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]
   
SELECTED PHOTOGRAPHS

Eric Cheng takes video footage of tiger and lemon sharks (photo: Bruce Yates)

Tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) (photo: Eric Cheng)

Shear Water staff hangs out with a tiger shark - Wade, Jimmy, Grey, and Laz (photo: Eric Cheng)

Jim Abernethy and tiger shark (photo: Eric Cheng)

Tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) (photo: Eric Cheng)

Tiger shark, "Kate", with cobia escort (photo: Eric Cheng)

Tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) (photo: Eric Cheng)

Laz Ruda with tiger shark (photo: Eric Cheng)

Tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) (photo: Eric Cheng)

Tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) (photo: Eric Cheng)

Tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) (photo: Eric Cheng)

Jim Abernethy with tiger shark and lemon sharks (photo: Eric Cheng)

Eric Cheng takes video footage of tiger and lemon sharks (photo: Bruce Yates)

Eric Cheng takes video footage of tiger and bull sharks (photo: Paul Ng)
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