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Tiger Sharks In St. Thomas

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about 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: 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): 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.

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  1. April 24, 2012 @ 7:40 am

    Brigitte Said,

    Scott, you’re not wrong…it’s just you’re getting people hopes up (a lot of divers want to see them!) and other people’s fear up (the rest of the population). Statistically you have more of a chance of getting killed by a falling coconut than a shark attack. Killer coconut story next? :D

  2. April 24, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    I have the killer coconut story que’d up except no one does a Google search for that phrase ;) Plus no one watches Coconut Week on Discovery channel.

  3. April 24, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    Rob Eich Said,

    Funny Story…… 18 years ago, I worked at Coral World on the Semi Submarine. We had a afternoon tour that went out to Turtle Rock, (off shore near Sugar Bay)
    I was a narrator and diver on the Semi Sub and would regularly jump into the water out there with a bucket of chopped up Squid and feed the fish while the tourists sat inside the hull of the Semi Sub (actually 5 Ft under water) and watched out the windows!
    The curator of Coral World (Bezel was his name) used to say to me, “watch out for the Tiger Sharks out there”!!
    I used to say “come on, stop messing with me!!
    Well, we had a new employee who started working there and she was getting ready to jump off the boat with a bucket of squid, when all of the sudden, the entire boat yelled “SHARK”!!! So the narrator on the boat that day ran up topside and grabbed the diver who was about to jump and told her “Don’t jump”!!! As it turned out, there was a 9 ft Tiger shark circling the boat! The new diver quit that very day!!

  4. April 24, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    BIG Kahuna Said,

    Yea, then he went and changed his bathing suit ;)

  5. April 24, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    Rob Eich Said,

    Actually it was a girl!!

  6. April 24, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

    Jenn Said,

    In the past 17 years of visiting St. Thomas I’ve had the experience of maybe seeing 4 sharks. 2 were nurse sharks and the other 2 …not so sure, very large compared to the nurse sharks, swam off into the shadows very quickly. You can’t psyche yourself out, or you’ll never go near the water. If you want to see something incredible because of their intelligence factor, check out National Geographics documentaries on killer whales and how they are actually considered a culture due to their skills and cooperation amongst pod mates! That psyches me out!

  7. April 28, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    Paul Said,

    We made a video while snorkeling back in Sept 2011 at french cap, believe it is a smalltooth sand tiger.

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