ISLAND GREAT HAMMERHEADS
A BIG FISH EXPEDITIONS TRIP
IN A NUTSHELL:
Another GREAT Hammerhead season.
If you read our yearly Great Hammerhead trip
reports one after the other, they all start to sound the
same: amazing great hammerhead encounters, mostly good
weather, great viz and fun groups of happy shark divers.
This year was not exception. The hammers were plentiful,
consistent and close enough to see serrations on their
teeth. What more can you ask for!
This year on our best days we had nine
confirmed great hammerheads in attendance. We know this
because we brought along Vital from Bimini Shark Lab; a
Swiss shark researcher working on a database of Bimini's
hammerheads to see which ones are showing up consistently,
which sharks show up randomly and which come in for a quick
look and are never seen again. I am usually so focused on
taking images of the sharks that I have trouble figuring out
which one is which so it was a nice twist to get a report at
the end of each day with a list of sharks in attendance and
a grand total for the trip.
As often happens in the winter months in the
Bahamas, we lost one day each week to storms but everyone
still had a very sharky week. Unfortunately, there was one
incident that soured an otherwise excelent two weeks of
shark diving. Our first week's guests got to see six species
of sharks during the week but the second group only saw
five. The sad and frustrating reason for this was a Bahamian
guy that fished up a bull shark near Bimini Big Game Club
(where we were staying) and clubbed it to death on the beach
to the horror and criticism of everyone watching. He was
unapologetic and said he'd be back tomorrow to kill another
one. As sharks often do when one of them is killed, the
bulls immediately fled and have yet to return. No doubt
they'll be back but in the short term, the divers and sport
fishermen that visit the marina in the evenings to watch the
sharks circling, were disappointed.
Although it is illegal to fish for sharks in
the Bahamas, the law is rarely enforced. After we posted
about the incident on social media, there was enough of a
public outcry for the police to mount an investigation.
Looks like he wasn't from Bimini but hopefully they'll catch
up with him and prosecute.
As well as diving with great hammerheads and
bull sharks, we also visited Gun Cay; a great spot for
smaller sharks including lots of tiny blacknose Sharks.
There were also one or two blacktip sharks that showed up to
join the feed; a species that is usually very shy around
Gun Cay is also a great place to play with
southern stingrays. During this feed, the dive master
generally hands out squid so that the divers can feed the
rays themselves. However, getting the shot is not that easy
when you're being smothered by a large, hungry, flapping ray
The day we visited Gun Cay we also went to
Triangle Rocks to dive with Caribbean reef sharks. Its
interesting how each species has their own patch of reef
that the other sharks avoid. How territory is established is
unclear but its fascinating go from one spot to the next,
ticking off each species along the way. Weirdly, we never
see tigers or lemons at the hammerhead spot but they
constantly swim in and out of the mangroves just a stone's
After diving at both these sharky dive sites
we still made time to zip back to our favorite hammer spot
and finish the day in style. After all, great hammerheads
are still the main event in Bimini.
And so ends another great year but of course
we'll be back :) Join us in February 2018:
with Great Hammerheads
us next spring for our
Great Hammerhead Adventure