eye of the tiger shark

15th February 2014

Yesterday i met my first Tiger shark. I’d swam with hammerheads, white tips, black tips, grays, nurse and reef sharks before, but never with a tiger. I love all sharks for lots of reasons, one being very superficial and photography related, namely the way their skin plays with light, but tigers are particularly beautiful, with a strong body shape, and they have a wonderful pattern. I was very much hoping to see one in real life, preferably with a camera. So as we were playing with some reef sharks yesterday, William makes a noise and a gesture to indicate there’s something behind me. I turn and there it is, my tiger baptist. It comes directly at me to see what i’m made of:

IMG_6377 tiger sharkand part of me gets slightly nervous; a combination between something like meeting an idol and something more basic face-to-face with a predator larger than yourself. But my instinct tells me there is no aggression in his behavior, just curiosity, and i stand my ground, or eh, float my water, as it were. The tiger then turns to give me a sideway glance:

IMG_6386 tiger sharkdeems me neither food nor mate, offers me a glorious view of it’s magnificence

IMG_6389 tiger sharkand departs

IMG_6391 tiger sharkleaving me honored and giggly with joy.

It is a real shame these regal creatures are being hunted and slaughtered. Please help support the cause of the sharks:
http://www.bite-back.com/

http://www.projectaware.org/

http://www.thewatermen.org/

 

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