Saturday, January 5, 2013

Video: Diving with Overly Curious Tiger Sharks

Tiger shark attempts to bite divers swim fin.  Tiger Beach Bahamas with Jim Abernethy
Tiger shark at tiger beach
These divers at Tiger Beach in the Bahamas appear to burn some serious air when the sharks they're filming become a tad overly curious. The video was shot taken by a member of an Italian dive party who were on a Jim Abernethy dive trip in November 2012.

There seems to be a lot of erratic movement by the divers when they are in the presence of the sharks which in turn appears to creates some increased exploratory behavior from the finned guest of honor.

At the 6 second mark, one of the divers is walking backwards and kicking up sand and we see the tiger take a tiny nip towards his fins.  It would appear the shark was attempting to see if the 'floopy thing' creating all the disturbance was actually a fish. At the 31 second mark, the tiger appears to nibble at one of the diver's cameras and later at 1:15, it again plows into a diver's camera.

As noted in the video description, the shark appeared to be "very investigative." And from watching the video, it does not appear that any of the sharks were being aggressive towards the diver.  If anything, they seemed interested in trying to figure out what was causing all the commotion.

Video posted by Giovanni Rossi Filangieri and is 2:14 in length.
Photo is a video screenshot.