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Dreams come true in The Bahamas

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We have tried on several occasions to dive with the majestic Tiger Shark, in various locations around the world, but weather conditions and the unpredictability of wildlife have meant that each of our previous four attempts had failed. So, when we discovered that we would be returning to The Bahamas, we made sure that another trip to Tiger Beach was on the itinerary. It was to be right at the beginning of our trip, and to say that we were excited was a massive understatement! Would this be the trip that finally saw our Tiger Shark dream come true?

Tiger Beach is a 2 to 3 hour boat ride out of the West End of Grand Bahama. We got up very early and met up with the dive crew from Reef Oasis and loaded our gear into a minibus to get us to the far end of the island where the charter boat was waiting for us. We had prepped our camera equipment the night before and so, as we headed towards this famous dive site, anticipation built. On arrival, at Tiger Beach we were the only boat in sight, and the crew started to chum the water to attract the sharks. Reef and Lemon Sharks appeared within minutes, but we were not getting in the water until we had a Tiger Shark there with us. After only 10 minutes, it was on and we were getting into our gear as quickly as possible so as not to miss this incredible opportunity.

We slid into the warm, crystal-clear water, and descended down the line to our positions. Our guide, Michael Tadros, was already in place, with two big Tiger Sharks in attendance, interested in the bait box at his feet. It was a glorious moment for us, our dream finally made reality, as a 4m long Shark cruised right in front of us.

A huge thank you for The Bahamas Tourist Office & Reef Oasis Dive Club for making our dream come true!


Images, video & text by Frogfish Photography

Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit www.frogfishphotography.com

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Our Seas urge Scotland to bring back Inshore Limit

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Our Seas call on Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and the Scottish Government to follow their own policies and stop the chronic destruction of our seabed by urgently reinstating a coastal limit on bottom-trawl and dredge fishing. Sign the petition here.

Scottish coastal seas have been driven into decline due to decades of mismanagement. Destructive bottom towed fishing gear has had free access to over 95% of our inshore waters since the 1980’s, to the detriment of habitats, biodiversity, fisheries, and communities.

In 1889 a law was passed to protect fish stocks and small boats by banning trawling (except by sail) from within three nautical miles of the shore. Catastrophically the law was removed in 1984 against a backdrop of the industrialization of fishing technology, breaches of the Three Mile Limit, and declining offshore fish stocks.  Access to the inshore appeared to improve catches for a short while, but inevitably led to the rapid decline of fish stocks as seabed habitats – vital nurseries and shelter for many species – were destroyed.

See the trailer of their film The Limit below:

Our Seas are asking you to sign their petition to Bring Back the Fish and Bring Back Scotland’s Inshore Limit. You can sign the petition by clicking here.

For more information about the work of Our Seas visit their website by clicking here.

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And the winner of our AP Diving 45M Ratcheted Pocket Reel competition is…

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We’d like to say a big thank you to all of you who entered our competition to win an AP Diving 45M Ratcheted Pocket Reel from our good friends at AP Diving!

As usual, lots of you entered… but there can, of course, be only one winner!

And that winner is…

  • Simon Nicholls from the UK.

Congratulations Simon – your prize will be on its way to you soon!

Not a winner this time? Don’t worry – there are plenty of other competitions running on Scubaverse.com right now. To see what other awesome prizes you could be in with a chance of winning, click here!

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