Tiger Sharks are usually solitary sharks, except for food concentrations and breeding they spend their time alone swimming the oceans. The Western Atlantic Tiger Sharks, including the Bahamas population seem to migrate north in the summer time, up to Bermuda and or Northeast coast of America. Winter time they travel to The Bahamas and even farther south. Most of the the Tiger Sharks at Tiger Beach are female. Many we see on a regular basis and give them names. Often we see these female appearing to be pregnant and believe they travel north of the Bahamas, maybe to the Sargasso Sea to have their pups.
Most of the Tiger Sharks at Tiger Beach are regulars, have been given names, and to certain extent they seem to understand the routine and recognize the bait crates. We have seen some of them for years, although they do travel and sometimes disappear for a while before returning. Some we have named unfortunately we no longer see, it makes us wonder what happened to them. They are all individual with different personalities, with some of the newer or smaller individuals being more aggressive. We feel that these Bahamas Tiger Sharks seem to be less aggressive than many other Tiger populations in the World, particularly in the Pacific.
Mostly the Bahama Tiger Sharks seem to be very cautious and slow moving but Tiger Sharks can be dangerous and are known as one of the man-eaters. While they seem docile and timid, please don't ever forget what they are, a large predatory fish with a large mouth, sharp teeth and a small brain. They naturally feed on the surface on birds, carcasses and trash, in the shallow water they feed on turtles, rays and lobster. The Tiger sharks and the Great Hammerheads are the only sharks we actually feed.
Tiger sharks are big sharks, 3 to 4 meters long. On average about three individuals show up on every dive but we have counted upwards of 10 on a dive. Tiger sharks are interested in anything on the surface and on occasion come off the bottom swim up to the surface to investigate what's there.
Please be informed that these are big potentially dangerous sharks and there is a risk diving with them and all divers will assume this risk completely and will not hold The Dream Team responsible for any injuries or death.
Great Hammerheads are an elusive and rare shark that is spectacular to see with their unusual heads and large dorsal fins. They appear mostly in the fall and winter, November through April when we run our exclusive shark trips to feed these large top predators. Great hammerhead sharks, recognized by their hammer-shaped head and tall, pointed dorsal fin, reach lengths of 20-feet, but most individuals encountered by divers are between 10 and 14-feet in length. Feeding primarily at dusk, great hammerheads are considered a fierce predator.
Caribbean Reef Shark
Caribbean reef sharks live on the reefs and congregate on one particular reef where we feed the Tiger Sharks. Reef sharks are generally 3 to 5 feet long and usually there are 12 to 20 around one reef. This is a thrilling dive with excellent photographic opportunities. Reef sharks are very common around the Bahamas, but our reefs have colorful sponges to use as background for pictures. The reef has deep crevices to get below the sharks for great silhouettes. This all makes for the best Reef shark spot in the Bahamas.
Lemon sharks at Tiger Beach average about two to two and half meters and can number 20 to 30 at a time. Most of the population we see are females with the occasional male coming through. We do recognize many of them as regulars to our area. Some researchers have claimed that at least some of the Tiger Beach population travel to Florida and back. There are times that we see less of them so they must travel but are not really a migratory shark like the Tigers and Hammerheads. They are not a solitary shark, usually found in small groups. These Lemon sharks are bold and completely unafraid of humans. We do not feed them underwater because they are sold bold they would take over the underwater feeding. We do however occasionally feed them on the surface making for some pretty cool top side pictures. They swim in and amongst all the divers, coming in very close and are also very prevalent on the surface.
Some of them have been known to turn around and snap at people if they get touched so please do not try and touch Lemon sharks. The Lemon sharks on occasion have mistaken divers hands for pieces of bait and this why we strongly recommend that everybody wear dark gloves. Keep your hands close to your body and try to avoid swimming with your hands.
Bull Sharks used to be a very rare occurrence at Tiger Beach, but have recently moved into the area. The average about 2 meters and sometime we count upward of 6 individuals. Bull Sharks have a reputation for being more aggressive than most other sharks and probably account for the most bites on humans in The Bahamas and Florida. For this reason we do not feed them and prefer if they keep their distance, we even chase them away some times so they don't get too comfortable around people. They have become the sixth species we see at Tiger Beach which is cool as long as they keep their distance. in general you want to keep your eyes on them if they get close but don't make any sudden or aggressive moves to them.
There are usually one or two Nurse sharks around during our shark dives. They will come up to the bait crates and literally suck chunks of fish out of the crates.
Can't forget our pet groupers both big Black Groupers and Nassua Grouper.
Your safety is our primary concern but diving with sharks is potentially risky and dangerous. You will be accepting all the risk, danger and responsibility for participating in the dive and should have emergency type insurance. Shark dives occur at depths from 20 to 60-feet, often there is a slight current running. Due to the nature of the activity, it is recommended that you are an experienced and certified at least Advanced Open Water Diver (or equivalent). Prior to any diving with sharks, you will get an safety briefing in regards to diving and basic shark behavior, and emergency procedures. You will be signing two different release forms releasing The Dream Team Inc from any in water liability.
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