Diving with Tiger Sharks
You may or may not know but I am an experienced Dive Master and one of my favourite things to do (outside of ride my bike) is diving with sharks. In particular Tiger Sharks.
The photos and video in this post were taken at the Aliwal Shoal, Umkumaas which is located around half an hours drive from Durban. The Aliwal Shoal is one of the best reefs in the world and was once rated as in the top 10 best dive sites by Jacques Cousteau. It is also very well known for it Ragged Tooth Shark diving. People from all over the world come to dive the famous Raggy cave. Home to many of these docile creatures during the months of August to November when they congregate in the area to mate.
“For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realise that, in order to survive, he must protect it.” Jacques-Yves Cousteau
However, in recent years there has been another slightly more awe inspiring creature that has been attracting visitors from all over the globe. The Tiger Shark has a much more fearsome reputation and is perhaps as a result somewhat more awe inspiring. A few pioneers started diving with these beautiful creatures to first learn more about them and then also to raise some more awareness on the plight of these misunderstood creatures.
This is the very fist video i ever put together using photos from a dive trip. And no, we were not diving in cages.
I can't wait to get back out there again. Spending the best part of an hour at a time with these amazing creatures is nothing short of the best experience of your life, every time you do it because no two experiences are ever the same.