Scuba diving on Tiger Beach, Bahamas, Part 3

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Today we return to scuba diving on Tiger Beach, Bahamas, Part 3.   The tiger-like striped pattern, with which the hunter can easily be recognized, fades with age. Divers who encounter a tiger shark should not panic. The dangerous animal is rather shy and reserved toward divers. As a rule, you can keep the shark in check with a stick or a large camera, but you must have good nerves. In particular, don’t let the shark push you toward the water surface—the so-called death zone. There, the tiger shark loses…

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Scuba diving on Tiger Beach, Bahamas Part 2

We return to Scuba diving on Tiger Beach, Bahamas Part 2. Part 1 can be found here. The news that the first tiger shark is now swimming below has disconcerted everyone at the lunch table. Now it’s a frantic rush onto the dive deck of the Bye Polar, because this is the moment all the guests have waited for. The dive crowd on the platform is curious, and everyone’s eyes are searching. Only the silhouettes of the lemon sharks are clearly visible. Fifteen or more might be there now. A…

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Scuba diving on Tiger Beach, Bahamas Part 1

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When Tiger Beach is ON—it’s the world’s greatest shark dive. —Eli Martinez, Shark Diver Magazine I kneel on the ground of a sandbar at a six meter depth (19 ft) in the Bahamas crystal clear water, visibility approaches about 30 meters (98 ft). In front of me are roughly 20 lemon sharks. With a length of about three meters (10 ft), the lemons are quite impressive. When you dive with them for the first time, you might feel a bit uncomfortable, because these sharks do not know anything like a…

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Kayaker knocked into the water by a shark

A kayaker was knocked into the water by a shark off the coast near Durban, South Africa. Murray van Wyk was fishing with friends February 6 off Eastmoor Crescent Beach when he hooked a tuna fish, only to be quickly relieved of his catch and knocked off his kayak by an eager shark. His friend Owen McMillan had his camera on, and although he wasn’t close to van Wyk he filmed the event from a distance. “He was busy reeling in his catch, a tuna, and he saw a large…

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Tagged 11-foot Tiger Shark Re-caught off Florida Beach

A tagged 11-foot (3.4 m) tiger shark has been re-caught off a Florida Beach. Zach Wolk caught the shark October 25 while fishing from the Cape San Blas beach in the Gulf of Mexico.  When the Texas angler measured the shark, he noticed it had a scientific tracking tag.   A photo posted by Zach Wolk (@zachwolk) on Nov 5, 2016 at 11:42am PDT “Chubby 11’5 female tiger with a 71-inch girth caught and released, she was previously tagged and her info will be reported! [I] can’t wait to see…

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Updated:OCEARCH-tagged Tiger Shark Lexi Dead?

Is OCEARCH-tagged tiger shark Lexi dead?  Her tag was recently found in the back of a truck in Frisco, North Carolina, where it had been kept for several weeks. Tiger shark Lexi was tagged by the nonprofit group OCEARCH who partnered with North Carolina Aquariums to search off the coast of Wrightsville Beach. The groups had joined forces to tag sand tiger sharks and collect information on their migration habits and patterns. Before the expedition kicked off, a special presentation was given at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington Lumina Theater….

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Women Bitten by a Shark in Hawaii

A woman has been bitten by a shark in Hawaii on Friday October 14. An unidentified 66-year-old was snorkeling off Charley Young Beach in Kihei around 10 a.m.,when she was bitten. The part time resident of the island was around 20 to 30 yards off the beach in 7 feet of the somewhat murky water when she was bitten on the lower left leg. A beach goer heard the woman’s screams and swam out to assist. A paddleboarder also came to assist and the two were able to pull the…

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Risk of Shark Attack Bite Rises this month in Hawaii

The risk of shark attack bite rises this month in Hawaii, most likely because of shark birthing. The native Hawaiian chant Pua ka wiliwili nanahu ka mano translates to When the wiliwili tree flowers, the shark bites. In her book ‘Olelo No‘eau, Mary Kawena Pukui, legendary author, historian and educator, knew more sharks were present in the Hawaiian Islands during the fall. The Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), knows this also remains a constant of the shark birth cycle. Data from the DAR shows…

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Hawaiian Shark Attack Victim Aunty Lulu Speaks out

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Hawaiian Shark Attack Victim Aunty Lulu has shared her shark encounter story. The 51-year-old woman known as Aunty Lulu was out for her normal swim September 7 around 2:30 p.m. when she was bitten by a shark. She had been swimming at Makaha Beach for 16 years, and the day seemed like any other. “I’m out there about 100 yards or so, then I did my turnaround, I did my swimming, I turned around where the surfers are,” she told Hawaii News Now. That’s when the suspected tiger shark bit….

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Woman Bitten by a Shark in Hawaii

A woman has been bitten by a shark in Hawaii. The 51-year-old was seriously injured by what appears to have been a large shark off Makaha Beach. The victim, only identified as “Aunty Lulu”, was in the water around 2:30 pm and was approximately 300 yards (274 m) offshore when she was bitten.  She sustained serious injury to her fore arm and shoulder. Lifeguards and surfers came to her aid and carried her back to shore on a rescue board. “She said she couldn’t breath and she had a hard…

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