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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.