Monday, November 24, 2008

Lemonade

Benjamin was kind enough to send his video of Tiger Beach - many sharks up close...might get to catch a few quick glimpses of some freedivers...



Nov. 10th, 2008

“Lemonade”

Everyone survived the crossing and Bahamian customs did not “confiscate” anyone. From Grand Bahama Bay it was about another 2-3 hour motor to Tiger Wreck. The group was getting pretty anxious to get into the water. Once we got there, the buoy line/anchor line had to be fixed which took about another hour.

Quick brief – and everyone was in, lemons sharks were already packing at the surface waiting for some bait to be thrown their way. The lemons reminded me a lot of the black tip sharks in Aliwal Shoal, except that these swim a little slower and are more engaging. Wolf and David managed to get a few hugs here and there. Fun loving animals that seem to enjoy our company as much as we enjoy theirs. Towards the end of the day we were graced by two small tigers, unfortunately they were shy and did not stay close to the commotion.


On the bright side, my video camera did not flood and I was able to get some decent shots. Jupp on the other had was not so lucky – his camera flooded the moment he jumped in – apparently his housing requires an o-ring in the front AND the back – no warning notice or o-ring placed in the front by the manufacturer – hopefully he will be able to order a new camera for his trip next week.


We stayed in the water until daylight permitted and then were spoiled by Gail – she prepared ribs, mashed potatoes, and some apple pie. For the rest of the night I watched David prepared his Gates housing which took about two hours to rig (Thanks to Fiona’s distractions). David is also diving on a re-breather, can stay down for about four hours and does not blow any bubbles.


Wondering what tomorrow will bring…

1 comment:

Jifa said...

Extremely nice close ups of Tiger's nictitating membrane at work. Personally, first time I see it moving like a human eyelid, so fast. Still personally, I am not convinced the music adds up anything to the video, it gets rather boring after a while...