A few weeks ago I wrote an article about Tiger Sharks (http://www.stthomasblog.com/2012/03/23/dont-swim-with-tiger-sharks/) and a few experienced divers got a little huffy about the fact that we have them here. Here’s a great picture taken the other day by DiveHDV-High Definition Video St. Thomas, USVI, check their website out here: http://divehdv.com/. Email Jan Ruley for information on their underwater film and documentaries (they don’t do private charters nor do they catch or harm any marine life, they just shoot unbelievable underwater footage): email@example.com. They get awesome pictures in HD.
Tiger Sharks are found in many tropical and temperate waters. The tiger is second on the list of number of recorded attacks on humans, with the great white shark being first. They often visit shallow reefs, harbors and canals, creating the potential for encounter with humans.The tiger shark is often found close to the coast, mainly in tropical and subtropical waters throughout the world. Its behavior is primarily nomadic, but is guided by warmer currents, and it stays closer to the equator throughout the colder months.It is also commonly known in the Caribbean Sea.”
Last year in St. Croix Frederiksted’s fish market was consumed in a shark-fed frenzy after a group of tiger sharks consumed a number of sea turtles in their own feeding frenzy, according to reports.
After spotting a group of six tiger sharks thrashing about hundreds of feet off shore, tearing apart sea turtles, a local fisherman hooked a 10-foot tiger shark – reportedly the smallest of the group – and dragged it to shore.
“Shark attacks in the Virgin Islands are virtually unheard of because our water is very clear, so sharks are less likely to accidentally bite a person,” DPNR said. The last recorded shark attack in St. Thomas was in 1992.