Our time in the Dutch island of Bonaire in the Lesser Antilles is quickly coming to an end. Our passion is shark photography but this trip was focussed on learning macro photography – you know, the really little stuff. It started off with frustration but slowly produced some good results. These shrimp range in size from 1/4 inch (2-3mm) to about 1 inch (25mm) and some are very difficult to see, especially the transparent ones. Most of the time they are tucked away inside a sponge or an anemone giving few good photo opportunities. As we discovered, perseverance and a bit of good luck are both needed!
Juvenile Sun Anemone shrimp approximately 1/4 inch (2-3mm) in length
Squat anemone shrimp on giant anemone
Pedersen Cleaner Shrimp
Banded Coral Shrimp
Unidentified shrimp inside Giant Anemone, Bonaire
Red Caribbean Pistol Shrimp, Bonaire
Peppermint Shrimp in Sponge (note the crab in the background)
Juvenile Sun anemone shrimp, Bonaire
Squat Anemone Shrimp, Bonaire
Pedersen Cleaner Shrimp Living In A Corkscrew Anemone
Banded Coral Shrimp
In South Africa we were supposed to see tiger sharks but they eluded us. In Mozambique we were supposed to see tiger sharks but once again we didn’t see any. Finding a specific shark species around the world is hardly guaranteed as these are wild animals that swim the oceans. However, we were told that if you want to see tiger sharks then you need to go to the world famous “Tiger Beach” to have the highest probability of seeing them. So here we are and finally we have seen tiger sharks!
Pair of Tiger sharks, Tiger Beach bahamas
Shane, our Tiger Shark handler
Female tiger shark at Fish Tales, bahamas
Tiger sharks are big sharks. They are generally between 10-14 feet in length and weigh between 850- 1400 pounds. We encountered 8 different tiger sharks and two were in the 14 foot range. Being a few feet from them makes you realize just how big they are and how insignificant you are. Truly amazing creatures and a privilege to share the ocean with them!
Tricia photographing a very large tiger shark, Bahamas
Larry photographing a tiger shark at tiger beach
Tiger sharks are intelligent and it is important to maintain eye contact with them. As long as they knew that you were watching them they would keep back about 10 feet or more. But take your eyes off them and they will get close and personal with you. They had this habit of trying to sneak up from behind so we needed to constantly be looking over our shoulders for them. A few times we had to bump them off with our cameras as they got a little too friendly. Perhaps not for most people, but it is very cool and surreal to be face to face with a 1400 pound tiger shark! You can’t help wonder what they are thinking as they swim by and stare you down.
Feisty Female Tiger shark named Jitterbug
Tiger shark cruising the reef at Fish Tales dive site
Tiger shark north of Grand Bahama Island