Saturday, April 28, 2007

First hand shark encounters!

"After the tenth Tiger Shark showed up I was saying to myself, whatever is going to happen…is going to happen!" explained Luke Tipple, dive operations manager of Shark Diver with a wry smile. This year Shark Diver continued to set the standard for shark eco-tourism as the only company in the Caribbean giving adventure seeking diver’s access to multiple Tiger Sharks-with submerged shark cages.

"It can be a bit unnerving sometimes," explained Patric Douglas, CEO of Shark Diver. "Tigers are perhaps the most curious of the large predatory sharks, they love coming in close to say hello." Until very recently adventure seekers wanting to meet the world's “other” top ocean predator could only do so in rare instances. Since the discovery of Tiger Beach, located in the Bahamas all that has changed. Divers worldwide are discovering the ease of travel to and from this pristine shark site along with the sheer numbers of animals once they arrive.

Shark Diver wrapped its 2007 shark diving season at Tiger Beach with an unprecedented 11 Tigers at the same time at the same place. “This is perhaps the greatest massing of wild predatory sharks on the planet right now unless you’re lucky enough to encounter a migration like Hammerheads,” says Tipple.

This seasons dive groups included several from Germany and the U.K, plus individual divers from as far away as Canada.Shark Divers' seven-day Tiger expeditions include side encounters with wild dolphins and alternate dive sites for regular non-shark related diving. 2008 will see the roll out of a new upgraded shark operations vessel and departures from Freeport, Bahamas aboard the RV Tiburon.

Since 2000 Douglas and his company Shark Diver have also offered Great White Shark cage diving and other wild shark encounters worldwide. 2007 has been a banner year for the Shark Diver team with the addition of a fourth shark diving boat geared towards corporate groups and upscale shark divers the 116’ MV Nautilus Explorer.To book a wild shark cage diving adventure with the crew of Shark Diver, call 415.235.9410 or visit


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