Saturday, November 23, 2013

Video: Diver Has Up Close Experience with Tiger Shark Off Cocos Island

What do you do when you are in the middle of a dive and encounter a large tiger shark?  In Janet Thomas' case, you enjoy every minute of it.

Thomas was working with SeaTurtles.org, and Pretoma.org on a shark and sea turtle tagging expedition at Cocos Island when she had the surprise encounter.

Cocos Island is an uninhabited island off the shore of Costa Rica.  It  is sometimes refereed to as "the island of the shark" because of the claim that there are more sharks per cubic meter at Cocos than anywhere else on the planet. The area is home to a wide range of shark species as well as a near endless list of other marine life.

Thomas was able to swim along side the shark for about a minute and she described the up close experience as a "simply awesome moment."

Fortunately for us, she recorded the encounter and shared it on Vimeo.

I'm pretty sure I don't know need to say this but I will anyway, enjoy!!