George Frazier got a nice surprise on a recent spearfishing trip.
The certified freediving instructor received a visit from a 12-foot tiger shark.
He was 28 miles off Beafort Inlet in North Carolina when he went down and shot a gag grouper. Mr. Frazier then moved the boat to a group of fish and was preparing to do another dive when he saw the sharks fin.
Luckily he had a GoPro, which he was able to attach to a pole and capture the tiger on film. The massive beauty even gave a test bite to the boats motor.
After seeing the shark, he decided it would be best to abort the rest of the dive. He posted on Beyond Freediving’s Facebook page, “This big Tiger Shark scared me out of the water Wednesday and then it tried to eat my boat, but not before I speared and boated a nice Gag Grouper. He took some paint off of that very large 300HP 4 stroke Yamaha outboard by the way.”
Perth Documentary filmmaker Andre Rerekura was bumped by a 13ft (4M) female tiger shark.
He was working with Terra Australis TV, a group of free divers who film underwater life in Western Australia.
The group had been spearfishing in 40ft waters when the encounter occurred and were able to spend around and hour and half with the sharks.
He said ‘There was no sign of aggression; they were just like big puppy dogs. I was pretty pumped and a bit nervous as well,’
According to Mr. Rerekura the tiger shark looked healthy other than a ‘stumpy dorsal fin’ from some type of injury. The massive female remained calm during the encounter.
Mr. Rerekura said ‘I didn’t feel threatened at all, though it was still nerve-racking having a big animal swim up to you, like she might do a last second charge. But no, there was no aggression…like a puppy dog of the sea. We were stoked.”
A massive tiger shark has been tagged of Hilton Head South Carolina. The 12 ft female was caught by Bryan Frazier of the South Carolina DNR on charter boat Outcast which was captained by Chip Michalove. She was named Chessie after the Chechessee River and was fitted with an OCEARCH tracking tag.
Chessie weighs in at a massive 1,200 lbs. keep in mind, an average tiger weighs in at around 300 to 500 pounds, so this shark is the largest tagged on the East Coast. Michalove said “Her head is as big as a great white’s head”.
Since she was tagged on May 18, the data on her movements has already started being mapped. Every time the tag breaks the water’s surface, a ping is marked on the OCEARCH tracking map. It appears she has a territory she likes, centering just south of Charleston near Kiawah Island. Although she has ventured out into deep waters.
I don’t know much about the clip, but according to Beqa Adventure Divers it was filmed at Tiger Beach in the Bahamas.
It appears the shark makes three snaps at the free diver. Once at his head
the second as he is getting out of the way
and the third toward his arm.
While the shark isn’t acting in a super aggressive manner, had the shark’s mouth actually made contact with the diver, it could have easily been fatal. Thankfully the diver was able to see the shark and move out of the way.
If more info becomes available, I will update the post.