SHARK SAFARI 2013
A BIG FISH EXPEDITIONS TRIP
Although this trip didn't go quite as planned, it was
definitely a success! We planned to snorkel for two days
with blues and makos and then try a completely experimental
shark feed on an inshore wreck to see if we could entice a
school of spiny dogfish sharks up to our cameras.
The wind and
chop made our first day on the water a bit challenging but
we still managed to bring a couple of makos and a blue shark
up to the boat. The first mako was much smaller than the
second and although it was tiny by mako standards, it hung
around for quite a while chomping on the bait. The second
mako was a respectable 6ft animal. Here is a shot of that
one from the swim step:
blue shark showed up later in the day and stuck around for
some good encounters but eventually the wind picked up even
further and we were forced to run for shore.
The next day
dawn clear and calm but tragically, our Captain informed us
that the boat had to come out of the water because of a
cracked cooling manifold. That was frustrating for all of us
but we managed to arrange a different boat for day three and
continued on as planned.
In more windy weather we hooked onto to the wreck of the
Idean which lays in 85ft of water off the coast of Block
Island. Our fearless Dive Master from Giant Stride Dive Shop
carried down a full bucket of chum and attached it to the
bucking anchor line to help spread the scent trail.
By the time we had followed him down, the first dogfish
sharks had arrived and were sniffing around on the sand. We
spent that dive dialing in our cameras and looking for good
angles to shoot the little sharks.
Back on deck everyone seemed pretty excited to head back
down regardless of the enormous swells that were buffeting
our dive boat from all directions. When we over-armed back
down the anchor to the wreck, the sea bed was covered in
pint sized sharks! I counted around 50 sharks when I first
hit the sand.
The sharks were much bolder on this dive. One of them even
launched into a tug of war for the menhaden (fish) that I
was waving around; great fun! I was very happy that this
experimental dive went as I had hoped. And the shots that we
took of the dogfish sharks are some of the best I've seen of
that species so this was a great day all around.
That was supposed to be the end of our trip but a couple of
our guests were able to stay longer until our blue/mako boat
was back in the water. In better weather we sailed out to a
great spot and spent the day with 6 or 7 blue sharks.
Although it wasn't always smooth sailing, we came home with
some great images of blues and makos but the highlight in my
opinion was those awesome little dogfish sharks!