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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Biologist bitten by a shark in the Bahamas

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A biologist was bitten by a shark in the Bahamas February 1. Dutch celebrity biologist Freek Vonk was filming a scene for a new television program when he was bitten on the arm. “Together with fellow biologists of the [Bimini] Sharklab, we were Caribbean Reef Sharks for the studies in the island of Bimini . . . friendly, friendly sharks are like, actually all the sharks, harmless to humans. It still went wrong,” Vonk said in a Facebook post translated from the Dutch language. “One of the sharks has made…

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Teen Bitten by a Shark in the Bahamas

A teen has been bitten by a shark in the Bahamas. Johnny Stoch was snorkeling with his family on August 9, 2016 when he was bitten on the left leg by a shark. “I kicked its nose and it went up to get me again and then it let go and swam away,” the 15-year-old told Abc7. He said the sharks head was around a foot wide and “it was on my leg, tearing through”. His mother saw the shark and began screaming, which alerted Johnny’s father John. “My wife…

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Man Bitten by a Bull Shark in the Bahamas

A man has been bitten by a bull shark in the Bahamas. Dr. Steven Cutbirth was vacationing with his family in the Bahamas when he and his son-in-law made plans to go spearfishing.  The two, along with their guide of 30 years and his nephew, headed out July 23, possibly to Green Turtle Cay, to free dive and fish with Hawaiian slings. Dr. Cutbirth was holding his breath and searching for fish when the guide’s nephew speared a hogfish around 50 yards in front of him.  Even though the fish…

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Blind Lemon Shark Head-butts Diver

Michael Dornellas recently had a unique shark encounter in the Bahamas. The thirty-one-year-old was head-butted by a blind lemon shark. The encounter occurred while he was filming videos with friend at Tiger Beach, a popular diving spot. The area is known to host a large population of tiger sharks, and has been featured in a variety of episodes during Shark Week. Dornellas was recording himself while he was free diving to the sandy bottom. As he was taking in his surroundings he was unaware of the blind shark swimming toward…

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Shark Pups in the Womb

Have you ever seen shark pups in the womb? Until recently, it wasn’t possible. Now, amazingly, you can. Dr. James Sulikowski and Dr. Neil Hammerschlag have captured images of several shark pups still inside their mother’s womb using sonogram technology. Sulikowski, who is from the University of New England Department of Marine Science teamed with Hammerschlag, from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, and headed to the Bahamas in search of pregnant tiger sharks. The two, along with researchers and students from their schools, were…

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Massive 14ft Hammerhead Shark Filmed

A massive great hammerhead shark has been filmed in the Bahamas. The 14-foot shark was swimming in the shallow waters of Montagu on June 24, 2016. According to the Bahamas National Trust, the shark may have been drawn to the bay by the smell of fillet fish and conch. Unfortunately, the docile shark may have been shot or speared in an effort to drive it away from the beach.  There have been conflicting reports as to who attempted to “scare” the shark away.  It is also unknown if the shark…

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Video: Lemon Shark Pup Birthing

Video of a lemon shark pup birthing has been filmed in the Bahamas. PI Matt Smukall filmed the tagging of a pregnant lemon shark by the Bimini Biological Field Station Shark Lab located in South Bimini. After the shark lab finished tagging the shark it was released and began swimming away. Mr. Smukall followed the shark and captured the moment a shark pup rocketed out from its mother. The little shark whips back and forth as it learns how to use its’ fins. The experience coincides with a new paper…

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Provoked Nurse Shark Bite in the Bahamas

An eight-year-old boy was bitten by a nurse shark in the Bahamas. Henry Kreckman was playing in the water with his brother when they spotted a nurse shark in 3 ½ feet of water. The boys were watching the shark when an unidentified man in his 20s grabbed the shark by the tail and lifted it out of the water. He then invited the boys in to “pet” the flailing shark. Henry’s father Clint told The Wisconsin State Journal the shark “flipped out of his (the man’s) hands and attached…

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