Having had the most amazing time at Tiger Beach, we wanted to do some more shark diving during our stay on Grand Bahama. Caribbean Reef Sharks are abundant here, and there is a spot where the dive centres take it in turns to do the majority of their shark diving: Shark Alley. Whether there is a shark feed going on, or whether you choose to do the site as a “normal” dive, there will be plenty of curious reef sharks around.
Our first dive in the area was with UNEXSO and we dived a dive site called The Chamber (due to a hyperbaric chamber being dropped onto the sea floor to act as an artificial reef). This is adjacent to the main shark feeding area of Shark Alley. As we dropped in, we could see a handful of sharks moving around the reef as we descended. The reef is patchy here, with small reef heads, or bommies, rising up from a sandy sea floor. Caribbean Reefs sharks patrol around and are not frightened of divers, so come in quite close as you swim along. A school of horse-eyed jacks also stayed around the reef, adding to what was a simply lovely dive.
The following day, the Reef Oasis team took us back to Shark Alley so that we could experience a shark feed dive. Here, we knelt on the seabed, lined up in front of a small wreck of a tug boat that has its inverted hull sticking up just above the sand. The sharks know the routine and were soon swimming all around us, waiting for their turn to be fed. All the action means that the sand does get stirred up making photography and videography slightly more difficult, but the sharks do come in much closer on this dive, and you might see over 20 individuals. As it was late afternoon, the sun was low and created a really atmospheric light, particularly at the end of the dive as the divers ascended on the line.
You can see video footage, shot on our Paralenz camera from the non-baited dive below.
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Images, video and text by Frogfish Photography.
Photo Gallery: Dive Fest Barbados
In our Gallery feature, we let the photos tell the story… Each Gallery showcases a selection of outstanding images on a chosen theme, taken by our Underwater Photography Editor Nick and Deputy Editor Caroline of Frogfish Photography. This time they reflect on their visits to the Caribbean Island of Barbados for the annual Dive Fest celebrations.
Dive Fest Barbados is a week of celebrating the marine life, diving and snorkeling this idyllic island has to offer. There are activities organised each day for all those that attend that include wreck diving, marine conservation, learning to dive, snorkeling and one an unusual dive for us – riding a submarine to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea! Dive Fest Barbados allows divers to get the very best out of a trip here, with plenty of diving, but also to sample the unique atmosphere, mouth-watering food and drink, stunning scenery and beautiful beaches.
For more images from Barbados and around the world, visit the Frogfish Photography website by clicking here.
Video Series: The CCMI Reef Lectures – Part 4 (Watch Video)
Introduced by Jeff Goodman
Never before since human beings have had major influence over our earths climate and environments, have we come to so close to the brink of global disaster for our seas and marine life. We need to act now if we are not going to crash headlong into irreversible scenarios.
A good start to this is understanding how the marine environment works and what it means to our own continued survival. We can only do this by listening and talking to those with the experience and knowledge to guide us in the right direction.
CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institute) are hosting an annual Reef Lecture series that is open to the general public and Scubaverse will be sharing those lectures over the coming months.
Part 4: Stop Whining! Life as an Ocean Ambassador; Ellen Cuylaerts
Ellen Cuylaerts shares her insights on how to act, practice what you preach and use your voice to contribute to constructive change. Ellen is a wildlife and underwater photographer and chooses to take images of subjects that are hard to encounter like harp seal pups, polar bears, orcas, beluga whales and sharks, to name a few. By telling the stories about their environment and the challenges they face, she raises awareness about the effect of climate change on arctic species, the cruel act of shark finning and keeping marine mammals in captivity.
During this seminar, Ellen will take you on a virtual trip and show you the stories behind the shots: how to get there, how to prepare, how to create the most chances to come home with a shot, and how to never give up!
Ellen Cuylaerts is an ocean advocate, underwater & wildlife photographer, explorer, and public speaker.
For more information about the CCMI click here.
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