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    Tiger Beach

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Boaz Meiri is a professional photographer with a love for diving. In November 2010, he traveled to Tiger Beach in the Bahamas, to swim with the sharks and was able to capture these photos using his Canon G10 camera and a Sea & Sea strobe kit.

    Meiri says, “By taking the camera with me I am actually forcing myself to look for more details, more amazing creatures with different behaviors.”
    - taliaday, CNN iReport producer

    In 2007 I met this diver during a dive trip to the Maldive Islands, who told me about his experience diving with Tiger Sharks in the Bahamas. At first I was a little shocked. They are supposed to be one of the most aggressive and dangerous sharks. I tried to imagine myself surrounded by these giants and I got so nervous just from that thought..

    On October 21st 2010 I found myself on a flight to West Palm Beach, FL. to join a boat trip to Tiger Beach. At that time there were only a couple of boat operators offering this trip.

    I was nervous. Very nervous. On the first dive I stayed closer to the other divers to reduce the chances of me being attacked first.. At some point I was even hoping that we won't see any. I was ok with the dozens of Lemon Sharks swimming around us but the Tigers..???

    And then Emma showed up. A 12 foot female with a broken jaw, an injury that had already begun to heal after a "fishing accident". She was just swimming peacefully around us, not showing any signs of aggression. If anything, she was even a little shy. I had to hide my camera and to look away to let her come closer and only then I turned quickly and took the shots.

    The dive itself is very comfortable at Tiger Beach. At 5-6 meters only, good visibility and no currents divers can simply focus on the experience and not worry about depth and buoyancy.

    During this 5-days diving trip some other large Tiger Sharks came for a visit and I became more and more comfortable with their presence.

    Tiger Sharks are relatively shy creatures but still, these large predators are wild animals so divers must be aware and alert at all times. This is not for inexperienced divers.
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