Danger: DEADLY SHARKS almost killed me in the sea - I survived!
We encountered Lemon, Caribbean Reef and Tiger sharks, all considered Deadly Sharks, on our 7 day dive trip to the Caribbean Sea. Cages or mesh suits didn't help us ... because we didn't need them.
Check out the Deadly Sharks Gallery below for awe inspiring photos from the trip!
We learned fast that these nasty man-eating creatures have an undeserved reputation. Sure, they're wild animals. And wild animals can be dangerous. But a healthy dose of respect and awareness go a long way to staying safe.
Here's something I didn't know: Tiger Sharks come in for a quick peek, then disappear for 10 minutes. They return a little bolder and braver, disappearing again for another 10 minutes. They repeat this behavior until they've worked up the courage to finally approach you. That's when things get really interesting!
Every year, hundreds of millions of so-called Deadly Sharks are killed. The living shark is hooked, dragged up to the side of a fishing boat and its dorsal fin is hacked off. The still living shark is tossed back into the sea where it sinks to the ocean floor and slowly drowns. The lucky ones are eaten by other sharks.
The fins are sold to Asian shark-fin soup markets. And get this ... shark fins have no proven nutritional or medicinal value. The expensive soup is looked up as a symbol of success, prestige and wealth. The stuff doesn't even taste all that good! Kind of makes you wonder what's the point of it?
Sharks are apex predators and maintain the ocean's ecology. Without them, the oceans will turn into massive pools of rotting, festering goop. The goop chokes out life and spreads deadly disease, killing the creatures of the sea and destroying the water that feeds and fuels our fresh-water systems and ... inevitably mankind dies. Pretty simple.
Should you be afraid of sharks like I was so many years ago? No.
Get in and enjoy the water, but play safe. Read the signs, listen to the life guards. Be aware of what's around you. And leave when it doesn't feel right. If you see all the fish around you suddenly scatter maybe you should too.
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The hotel where the trip begins. Beachfront access in the sunny and always beautiful Caribbean.
David's is a great little beach side restaurant in the Barbados. There's no better experience than swimming from your hotel to the local restaurant! And if you fill up too much, you can always cab back. Try the fish cakes with spicy sauce and Bank's Beer. Yum!
Our boat awaits. We depart from Miami. The Dolphin Dream has been building a reputation for dolphin and shark adventures. The crew is amazing and does everything in their power to make you feel comfortable and welcomed.
The Grand Bahamas. Soon we'll meet the Tiger Sharks. I've never seen so much wealth as I have in the Grand Bahamas. Don't quote me on it, but I'm betting these are the boats they use to get to the yachts!
Before the Bahamas, we saw Alligators on a protected beach in Miami. If you make a terrible joke like "Waiter, I'll have the Alligator sandwich ... and make it snappy!", they throw you into the 'gator pit. Just sayin'. You've been warned 😉
The sign wasn't necessary. Seriously, with all those alligators on the beach, you really don't need a sign to warn me.
After a little R&R we board the boat again in Grand Bahamas. Our team of intrepid adventurers make their way back to the Dolphin Dream after a grand day in Grand Bahamas.
A spectacular view of the Caribbean Sea from a cave. See how far down below the ocean is? Well ... on stormy days the ocean comes up high enough to fill the cave!
90 miles out in the ocean, a Deadly Shark takes our bait! Check out those chompers. That's a healthy set of teeth. Is it any wonder that a drive-by-biting can cause so much damage?
Tiger shark eats bait! You're probably wondering how I got such an incredible close-up shot. I got close-up and personal, that's how.
A large Grouper fish poses for a photo. Kind of looks like uncle Igor from Romania.
A Lobster hides in the safety of the rocky coral. Rock Lobster. Check out the B-52's music video.
Moray eel defends its territory. Any of you know the name of this species? I refer to him/her/it as Big Yella.
Beautiful sting ray. Do you agree? They're remarkably docile and tolerant. However, when they're annoyed they'll let you know and you won't mistake it. The tail barbs are dangerous for the bacteria contained within them.
They're even more beautiful close up. This big guy was quite curious and wanted to know what this whole rubberized swimming monkey with a camera was all about.
A "knot" of so-called Deadly Sharks. Yes. I'm in the middle of a school of Lemon Sharks. They swarmed me, surrounded me, pushed me into the rough sands and even nudged me. Not once did I feel as though I were in danger though. It was almost like being in a pen filled with playful dogs. Playful dogs with massive teeth!
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Amazing photo of grace and beauty. If you don't get in the water, you miss out on great moments and opportunities like this. The sharks were more interested in the bait boxes than they were of the divers around them. What a show!
One of many tiger sharks that showed up to swim with us. Tiger Sharks are unpredictable. They seemed genuinely interested in us but not quite brave enough to want to get too close. Although one or two of them did work up the courage.
True to their nature, this Tiger Shark swims away. I had only one frightening moment during the entire 7 days in the water. A large Tiger approached me face on. Slowly, determined and certain on what its task was. As it got closer and closer, it's mouth opened wider and wider, the nictating membranes of its eyes protectively rolling up. It was a heart-stopping moment as I gave the large shark a mighty WHACK with my camera. The shark stopped. Looked at me. Turned and swam away.
That's me! Filming a tiger shark up close and personal. Stay tuned and I'll share some AMAZING video with you.
A shark silhouette
A very minor accident from "scraping" a Lemon Shark's extremely sharp teeth. It wasn't a bite, it wasn't on purpose and nothing happened after. Just to be clear...this was NOT a bite. It was more of a nick. Talk about having a most cool scar and story to go with it!
All trips must come to an end. There is no greater sunset than a Caribbean sunset. Thanks for viewing!
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Tom Raycove is an entertainment technology entrepreneur. He has extensive experience in the film, television and gaming industries, enjoys teaching, writing and mentoring new talent. He spends his spare time diving with tiger sharks.
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