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GREAT HAMMERHEADS 2018

A BIG FISH EXPEDITIONS TRIP REPORT

 

Great hammerhead diving in the Bahamas.

 

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!

 

Diving with Great hammerheads in the Bahamas.

 

Perfect Shark Diving Weather

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.

 

Great hammerhead diving in the Bahamas.

 

Triangle Rocks

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 the shallows.

 

Triangle Rocks

 

Diving with Caribbean reef sharks.

 

Blacknose Sharks and Stingrays

We also took the boat over to Gun Cay; a great shallow spot that is ideal for hand feeding stingrays.

 

Southern 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.

 

Blacknose shark diving.

 

Tiger Time

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.

Tiger shark diving in Bimini

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.

 

Great hammerheads and tiger sharks scuba diving.

 

Bull Sharks at Big Game Club

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!

 

Bull shark diving.

 

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.
 

Great hammerhead night diving.

 

The great hammerheads and omnipresent nurse sharks look spectacular during the day but they really stand out  against an inky black backdrop.

 

Diving with nurse sharks.

 

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 :)

 

Great hammerhead grabbing a nurse shark.

 

Spotted Dolphins

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.

Atlantic spotted dolphin snorkelling.

 

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.

 

Snorkeller with Atlantic spotted dolphins.

 

After that great finish, we retired to Big Game Club for a final night of celebration before heading home.
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:
2019 Great Hammerhead Expedition

 

Great hammerhead diving in Bimini, Bahamas.

 

 

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Andy Murch Trip Leader

Andy Murch

EXPEDITION LEADER

Andy Murch is a fanatical big animal diver.

He has photographed and dived with more sharks than most people on this planet and he's very good at it.

Andy's images and shark stories have appeared in hundreds of books and magazines around the world from titles as varied as Canadian Geographic, Scuba Diving, FHM, Digital Photography,  and the Journal of Zoology.

Andy is the Creator of the ever expanding Shark and Ray Field Guide on Elasmodiver

 

When not running big animal expeditions or on photographic assignments, Andy lives and dives on Vancouver Island, Canada

 

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