“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!
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.