2012 Grand Bahama Diving With Sharks

June 23, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

On June 1, 2012, I traveled to Freeport, Grand Bahama.  There were five divers in our group, all from the Washington State.  The timing of our trip coincided with the first day of hurricane season.  Although there were storms along the coast of Florida we were spared the worst of the weather.  We did experience high winds, clouds and heavy rain but it did not impact our dive schedule.  Also, having cloudy skies probably saved many of us from sun burns.  I noticed that the few times sun did come out the heat was intense and over the 8 days of our trip we did get some new skin color.

Most days we dove on coral reefs in 50 to 70 feet of water.  Visibility was consistently in the 50 foot range so it was easy to stay within sight of dive buddies and finding the dive boat overhead was never a problem.  Life on the reefs is good however coral growth seems to be struggling somewhat.

On day three we headed out in the afternoon for shark feeding.  This action entails two divers in 'chain mail' suits; one to feed the sharks and one to keep watch on the overall event in case things get out of had.  A third diver is in the water shooting video and a fourth diver is positioned behind our photo dive team as a final safety watch.  The sharks know it is time for lunch when the group hits the water and they just seem to arrive from no where.  They have their focus on the food given to them by one of the chain mail divers and they are very patient to wait their turn to eat a fish as the diver pulls it from his storage bin.  

We also had a good time playing with a dolphin one day.  This is a 12 year old dolphin that lives in a pen inside of a bay.  The dolphin is very dedicated to its trainer and responds happily to his commands and also to a fish treat every few minutes.

This was a great scuba diving experience.  I shot over 1000 photos in 8 days of diving.  About 100 are posted on my site.  Please enjoy ! This is an example of the beauty of these reef sharks.  Notice that the diver keeps his hands close to his body so not to offer an unintended snack.  

 


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