Tiger Shark Encounter

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“There he is! Oh, he’s biiiiiiig” I heard our captain say. A large shark was coming towards the boat. He (we found out later he was indeed a “he”) most certainly was, but we weren’t sure what kind of shark he was. What’s the best way to find out? Send your father in the water with a mask of course!

He got in, video camera set, and waited. The shark was on the outside of the circle pattern we got used to seeing. Finally we saw the light green figure swim towards my dad. He was getting pretty close, then really close! All I could think was that “I should be in there too, he must be getting great footage”.

After that my dad picked his head up and made the signal for “tiger shark”. I made a sound an excited little girl would make and suited up. You may be asking why I was so excited, after all anyone can go dive with tiger shark year round at tiger beach. Well, tiger sharks are simply cool, it doesn’t matter, OK! Also, this was the first tiger we had seen in this area and it was in crystal clear, blue water about 1000 feet deep. I knew the images would be different from all the images that come out of tiger beach.

All right, so I slid into the water and awaited my first glimpse. At first I just saw the tail. A few minutes pass and I worry that I missed the show. Then, there he was! coming straight in to one of our hang baits. I slide under the water to snap a couple pictures. He lets me nice and close. What a beauty!

A male tiger shark with a man in deep, blue water

A male tiger shark with a man in deep, blue water.

He then swims up to our bait and grabs on, getting just what he came for. And then he was gone. We waited for him to come back, but that was it. It was so short an encounter, but left me thinking about it a lot! So beautiful! Check out my Trips page if you want to join me to dive with tiger sharks this fall at tiger beach. I have a feeling it is going to be one of those life-changing trips.

New Photography Page

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Just in case you didn’t already know – I have started a facebook page specifically for my photography. I resisted for a while, but I think it is time. I will try to add a new image daily and keep it interesting for you all. If you see an image you would like as a print, please email me and we’ll work it out.

 

Here is the page https://www.facebook.com/shanegrossphotography 

Cheers!

Shane

Gina’s Story – The Manatee Explorer

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For the last six weeks or so I have been captivated by a manatee named Gina. She showed up under a dock on my home Island on January 27, 2014. She is a Florida manatee that moved to the Bahamas in 1999 and spent 14 years in the Berry Islands. To everyone’s surprise she moved to Harbour Island. Scientists came and put a tracking tag on her a couple of weeks later. It has been very interesting to see her off-shore explorations ¬†and how she returns to our harbour. For more on the story of Gina and to see some of the satellite tracking data make sure to visit the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organizations website.

Gina the Manatee

Gina the manatee being tagged in the Bahamas.

National Geographic 2013 Photo Contest

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Usually when you enter a photography competition you have no idea how well you placed unless you win. When I entered and didn’t place in the National Geographic 2013 Photo Contest I had no idea if any of my images made it past the first round. So, I was very interested in this video which gives us a small glimpse into their judging process. By sheer luck I see they are discussing my whale tail photo. It sounds as if, maybe, just maybe, it was close to being in the top five. Either way, I wish we got to see into the judging process like this more often. Here is the video, followed by the image itself:

 

Sperm Whale Tail

As if to say goodbye, the last sperm whale of the expedition descends into the depths.

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