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Tiger sharks at Umkomaas

Listed under Extreme Challenge in Kwazulu, South Africa.

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Tiger sharks are considered the second most dangerous shark to man and it is true that they are indiscriminate predators. But after diving with them I’m convinced that we are not on their menu! Diving with tigers is a mesmerising experience and some reach up to 5m in length. Tigers move around you in a calm deliberate fashion and to the delight of photographers will closely investigate your camera!

What I’ve learnt from diving with these sharks was that they are very tolerant of other predators as we often see them with 30 or more black tip sharks. Presumably this is why the tiger shark is so tolerant of divers. The tiger sharks are attracted using bait so they will stay around the divers, but they are not fed. There are a number of operators in the area using this technique which enables you to dive with tiger sharks on snorkel or scuba.

Shark Diving Unlimited.

Written by  Michael Rutzen.

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i would not want to try to dive with any sharks but i must admit that it's quite amazing that you can swim among can't tell if it will attack you or not; it must be a kick of adrenalin and the question must come into your mind if he will eat you.....

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And I guess you really have to trust the people who are organising it for you... Trust that they got the right sort of cage... (for me not the shark!)

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