|Tiger sharks are petted and fed by hand by divers off Jupiter, Florida.|
Two divers are captured on video feeding tiger sharks off Jupiter, Florida. It’s so common that GrindTV Outdoor said “for these divers, every week if Shark Week.”
Mickey Smith and Robert Nimmo, members of a group called Shark Addicts, told GrindTV that they dive with paying clients every weekend aboard Emerald Charters. They go four miles offshore, make three dives per trip, and encounter as many as 20 tiger sharks per dive.
Take a look at the incredible footage of the divers getting up close and personal to the dangerous tiger sharks, something you'd likely see during Shark Week:
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“Sharks have such a bad reputation, all caused by the media,” Smith said, when asked why the group is so passionate about spending every weekend swimming with and videotaping apex predators. “We bring people on these shark dives who are hesitant at first, after the dives they can’t wait to go again.”
Asked about the intimacy of these dives, inspired by the presence of bait, which is what the sharks are really after, Smith said of the potential danger factor:
“Sharks are beautiful and intelligent animals. They know the difference between the divers and the bait. I feel totally in my comfort zone when surrounded by these awesome sharks.”
National Geographic offers a pretty good description of Tiger Sharks:
Tiger sharks are named for the dark, vertical stripes found mainly on juveniles. As these sharks mature, the lines begin to fade and almost disappear.
These large, blunt-nosed predators have a duly earned reputation as man-eaters. They are second only to great whites in attacking people. But because they have a near completely undiscerning palate, they are not likely to swim away after biting a human, as great whites frequently do.
They are consummate scavengers, with excellent senses of sight and smell and a nearly limitless menu of diet items. They have sharp, highly serrated teeth and powerful jaws that allow them to crack the shells of sea turtles and clams. The stomach contents of captured tiger sharks have included stingrays, sea snakes, seals, birds, squids, and even license plates and old tires.
Seems like tiger sharks will eat just about anything. Be careful, divers.Follow Outdoors 720 on Facebook