The Truth About
23 February 2017
SAND TIGER SHARKS:
Tips for Getting Close
There are two basic approaches to shooting video or stills of sharks and most other marine life too.
- Plant yourself in one spot and wait patiently - they will come. Be sure
not to move quickly. You will startle them (really!) and they will take
off at Mach 3. Also, try to hold your breath when they are close. The
sound of bubbles also seems to irritate them.
- Swim slowly beside them and carefully close the distance between
you and the shark. They dont like you to get much closer than about
2 feet and will take off if you get closer. If you swim directly at them
they seem to see this as a threat and will either turn away and head
for open water or begin to give a threat display of their own.
How do you know if youve just ticked off a Sand Tiger?
They begin to move in a more erratic way, they drop their pectoral fins
from a nearly horizontal position to a more vertical position, and
they make quick passes at you. Leave the area now! Ive never seen a
Sand Tiger attack but Ill bet its no fun especially if youre
on the receiving end. Remember, you are the most dangerous
animal in the ocean. The sharks dont mind you being there
but if you irritate them they will most likely react to protect
themselves and that gives the shark an undeserved bad reputation.