A BIG FISH EXPEDITIONS TRIP
Bimini 2018 in a Nutshell
We nailed it again in Bimini. Excellent
encounters with great hammerheads all week long plus nurse
sharks, bull sharks, blacknose sharks, Caribbean Reef Sharks
and a new (possibly resident) Tiger Shark!
Perfect Shark Diving
One of the biggest factors in diving with
sharks in Bimini is the weather. If its windy then you're
limited in what you can do. If its calm, you can do it all,
and we did!
Of course we started with a full day of great
hammerheads. They are the Bimini's rock stars and the main
reason for our trip. As usual, our friends at Neal Watson's
Scuba Center did an excellent job of delivering encounters
all week long.
We dove with hammers everyday but we also did
some of our special side trips to different reefs in order
to dive with other species of sharks. One spot that we
always head to is Triangle Rocks where the resident
Caribbean Reef Sharks put on a show and sea fans dominate
Blacknose Sharks and
We also took the boat over to Gun Cay; a
great shallow spot that is ideal for hand feeding stingrays.
It is also a great place to get up close and
personal with tiny blacknose sharks - a species that is
usually difficult to approach.
In the past, we have had random fly-bys of
different shark species on our Great Hammerhead Dives but
this year was different. A 9ft tiger that the locals have
named Joker, showed up and stayed all day.
Joker was first spotted a month before we arrived. For some
groups she was there all week. She was a bit disruptive and
eventually scared off the hammerheads so I'm glad she was
only there for one day during our trip. That was enough time
to get some dynamic images as she was a great model.
Bull Sharks at Big Game
We generally see a handful of bull sharks on
our great hammerhead dives but we don't let them get close
because they become aggressive around the bait box. However,
there are no shortage of bull sharks back at the dock.
Between dives, while most of our guests were enjoying lunch,
I tried a bit of hand camming off the swim step of the boat.
The bulls were not shy!
Hammerheads at Night
We like to squeeze in as many different
encounters as we can during a week of diving. So, one day we
went out quite late and dove with hammers during the
afternoon and into the evening.
The great hammerheads and omnipresent nurse
sharks look spectacular during the day but they really stand
out against an inky black backdrop.
Perhaps the highlight of the night shark dive
was when a hammerhead picked up one of the nurses by its
tail and dragged it away. The hammers do not attack the
nurse sharks - they are way too big to eat. I imagine that
it thought it had a piece of bait in its mouth, but the
resulting image looks rather like the hammer is dragging the
nurse shark out of the way :)
It was a great week of shark encounters but
the weather so good that we had a chance to sneak in one
last side trip on our final day; an afternoon snorkeling
with Atlantic spotted dolphins.
These are some of the friendliest dolphins you could
possibly encounter so when we stumbled upon a pod that were
feeding north of the Island, we jumped in and they
immediately came over to greet us and play.
After that great finish, we retired to Big
Game Club for a final night of celebration before heading
It was a great adventure that everyone clearly enjoyed. I am
looking forward to getting back there next year for another
week with a great diversity of sharks and maybe some more
friendly spotted dolphins! Join us next year:
Great Hammerhead Expedition