Stuart Cove's Shark Dive
Duration: Half Day
For those looking for action and adventure in the water during their holiday in the Bahamas, this exhilarating shark dive tour is the perfect choice.
One of the most exciting dives you could imagine, Stuart Cove's Shark Adventure is a two-tank dive program which will introduce you to wild Caribbean Reef Sharks, providing you with a close up encounter of these magnificent creatures. Although many shark species can be found in the Bahamas, including Tiger Sharks, Blacktip Sharks and Hammerhead Sharks, Caribbean Reef Sharks are most likely to be seen on this diving trip, due to their abundance in healthy coral reef areas. Found in tropical waters of the western Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean reef sharks are easy to identify, with their round, blunt snout and pale grey to brownish-gray colour, with white underbellies.
There are currently four dive sites where you will encounter a gathering of this particular shark species, and you will visit a combination of two - either “The Arena” and “Shark Wall” or “The Runway” and “Runway Wall”. Your first dive will involve a “Free Swim” with the sharks on a spectacular wall. Enjoy experiencing these creatures just as you would in the wild, as they curiously follow you knowing that they are close to their feeding site, although no bait is released at this point.
On your second dive you will see the sharks actually feeding. Compared to ordinary dives, you will be kneeling on the sandy ocean bed during this encounter, forming a semi-circle in front of a professional shark feeder. After placing a bait box in the water, he will control the release of food using a pole spear. This influences the shark's behaviour, and is a fascinating sight to witness. Although the sharks will swim close to you, remember that they are more interested in the bait than you.
As their name suggests, Caribbean reef sharks can typically be seen cruising along the edge of reefs and over sand at the bottom of the ocean, searching for prey. Sharks are fierce predators, but they are also very cautious and normally very selective about what they eat. Their food consists of species such as reef fish, large crabs and rays, which they find using their acute senses of smell, hearing, sight, touch and amazing sensitivity to vibrations in the water. Despite any fears you may have about swimming with sharks, they are very wary of other objects in the water and often have to be lured close to divers by using bait, as you will see on this trip. Relax and enjoy this memorable experience: smooth and sleek, these intriguing creatures are amazingly graceful and beautiful to watch.
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