Not just a
huge collection of
Elasmodiver.com contains images of sharks, skates, rays, and a few
chimaera's from around the world. Elasmodiver began as a simple web
to help divers find the best places to encounter the different
species of sharks and rays that live in shallow water but it has
slowly evolved into a much larger project containing information on
all aspects of shark diving and shark photography.
now more than 10,000 shark pictures and sections on shark
evolution, biology, and conservation. There is a large library of
reviewed shark books, a constantly updated shark taxonomy page, a
monster list of shark links, and deeper in the site there are
numerous articles and stories about shark encounters. Elasmodiver is
now so difficult to check for updates, that new information and
pictures are listed on an Elasmodiver Updates Page that can be
Encounter: Tiger sharks,
Great hammerhead sharks, Lemon sharks, Bull sharks, Caribbean reef sharks and
possibly Black tips, nurse sharks, and more. This is probably the most dynamic
shark adventure in existence. Most of the diving is conducted in blue water and
involves copious amounts of chum being poured into the water to form a chum
slick that attracts large sharks for miles around. Once a large Hammerhead or
Tiger shark arrives, divers are invited to enter the water and hang on lines
suspended from the swim step close to the chum. Its possible to get very close
to the sharks and the photographic opportunities are unparalleled. The ever
present Caribbean reef sharks can get quite aggressive towards divers that are
near the bait, but the larger Tigers and Hammerheads tend to be skittish and
avoid close contact. Some encounters are organized on the reef itself and then
lemons and Bulls are also seen.
The sharks are never absent completely but the Tigers and
Hammerheads which are the big ticket species are not always present. I was once lucky
to see 4 Great Hammerheads during an 8 day trip and it is sometimes possible to
see a dozen or more Tigers. Occasionally the tiger sharks can be quite aloof and
it can become difficult to get close to any Tigers so (like many other dives) luck is a factor in the overall experience.
Big Fish Expeditions runs one or two dedicated Tiger Beach trips each year
aboard the Dolphin Dream.
Dolphin Dream is a comfortable 85ft liveaboard. Its not a fancy 'chocolates on
your pillow' kind of boat but the food is good, the crew are friendly and
helpful and the captain knows how and where to find sharks.
The Dolphin Dream runs out of Palm Beach, Florida. Generally guests sleep on the
crossing the first night and clear Bahamian immigration the next morning then
continue on to whichever area weather conditions permit. For furth information