SHARK DIVING 2018 TRIP REPORT
Cat Island Oceanic
Whitetip Shark Diving Expedition 2018 in a Nutshell:
Windy for the first couple of days but it
didnčt stop us from chasing oceanic whitetips! Oceanic
action on every dive!
If there is one thing I love about Cat
Island, it is the predictability of the sharks. The Oceanic
Whitetips that inhabit this deepwater region of the Bahamas
have become a menace for sport fishermen that are trying to
land their fish. As soon as the sharks hear a fishing boat
engine, they race in and steal the struggling tuna before it
can be hauled out of the water.
Consequently, once we reach our favorite
shark spot, all we have to do is chum and rev the engines of
the dive boat as if we have a fish on. the sharks show up
like clockwork :)
This year the oceanic whitetip sharks
appeared even earlier than before. Only 5 or 6 on our first
day but that was enough. They were also accompanied by a
large satellite-tagged silky shark that was surprisingly
unintimidated by its beefier cousins.
On our second day, we could not reach the
spot we prefer because the choppy seas were too big for even
our large dive boat. However, we still attracted 6 whitetips
which stayed with us until we drifted into shallow water.
Although oceanics prefer bottomless seas, two stayed with us
for the whole day even once the seafloor rose to 20m and we
started attracting Caribbean reef sharks.
I am pretty saw I saw a good sized dusky
shark too but I have no pictures to prove and we like to
joke in the shark diving world that if you didn't get a
picture, you didn't see it :)
On our third and final day the wind finally
abated and we were able to reach the perfect spot where more
oceanics occur. I was hoping for double digits but 9 oceanic
whitetips was more than enough for us to enjoy. The same big
silky showed up too as well as some mahi-mahi that did a
couple of fly-bys.
As always, Cat Island delivered so of course
we have to go back next year. If you are a shark fan but
haven't seen this usually illusive shark species, this is
your chance to cross one the oceans quintessential predators
off your list.
We time our oceanic trips to run back-to-back
with our shark safaris to world famous Tiger Beach so if you
have a couple of weeks to spend shark diving, Tiger Beach
and Cat Island are an unbeatable combination. Join us in
Oceanic Whitetip Shark Expedition
Andy is a professional wildlife photographer, author
and the founder of Big Fish Expeditions.