Not just Shark
Pictures: Elasmodiver contains photos of sharks, skates, rays, and
chimaera's from around the world. Elasmodiver began as a simple web
based shark field guide to help divers find the best places to
encounter the different species of sharks and rays that live in
shallow water but it has slowly evolved into a much larger project
containing information on all aspects of shark diving and shark
There are now
more than 5000 shark pictures and sections on shark evolution,
biology, and conservation. There is a large library of reviewed
shark books, a constantly updated shark taxonomy page, a monster
list of shark links, and deeper in the site there are numerous
articles and stories about shark encounters. Elasmodiver is now so
difficult to check for updates, that new information and pictures
are listed on an Elasmodiver Updates Page that can be accessed here:
The tiger shark has highly distinctive
Tiger-like dark bands on a light body. Snout wide and bluntly rounded. Well
defined caudal keel running from tail to trailing edge of first dorsal. Tail
length 5.5m. At birth 51 to 76cm.
Varied. Tigers can be found from clear inshore and offshore reefs to turbid estuarine
environments. To around 70m depth.
and distribution: Circumtropical.
Recorded in the Western Atlantic as far North as Massachusetts.
into shallow water to hunt at night. Cruises all water environments. Responsible
for many attacks on Surfers in Hawaii. Has a highly eclectic diet.
Stomach contents of tiger sharks have been shown to include all manner of inorganic objects. A
voracious predator and scavenger. Known to congregate to feed on Albatrosses in
Tiger shark mothers give no nourishment to embryos via a placental structure in the mothers uterus. Litter
size 10 - 82. Gestation period 12 to 13 months.
a baited situation medium sized tiger sharks were observed to hang back from the
bait when comparibly sized Great hammerhead sharks were present and feeding.
Read the trip report Hammers and Tigers in the Bahamas.
as small Tiger sharks will probably move away when encountering a diver, larger
individuals are more likely to make close passes. The presence of speared fish
or chum in the water could potentially initiate an attack and the extremely
large size and varied diet of this shark warrants extreme caution even when no
stimulus is present. It is wise to note that proportionately more Tiger shark
attacks are fatal than great white shark attacks. This appears to represent the
misidentification of swimmers for the White shark's natural prey and the tiger
shark's real desire to devour the subject.
and Anna Abernethy run week long Hammerhead and Tiger shark diving trips to Tiger
Beach in the Bahamas
from Palm Beach, FL. Chum is used to attract the sharks with which they have had
great success. Other sites on their shark safaris also attract many Caribbean reef sharks
and participants should be aware that no cages are used. In my opinion the
experience of diving with such large sharks without the restrictions of a cage
is second to none.
Scott Smith's Dolphin Dream
also runs liveaboard tiger shark diving trips to Tiger Beach during the winter
Other diving locations submitted by
Humann - Reef Fish Identification. Florida Caribbean Bahamas.
Sharks and Rays of the World. Scott W. Michael. Sea Challengers.
and Rays - Elasmobranch Guide of the World. Ralf M. Hennemann. IKAN.