Our Living Seas

Bahamas

TIGER BEACH, WEST END GRAND BAHAMAS

Tiger Beach, West End Grand Bahamas, is world renowned for its Tiger Shark encounters.  There is no other place on Earth you can be surrounded by Caribbean Reef Sharks (Carcharhinus perezi), Lemon Sharks (Negaprion brevirostris) and numerous, massive Tiger Sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier), at the same time, in clear, calm, warm, 20 ft deep water.  Sharks are plentiful in the Bahamas, thanks to the Bahamian Government.  On July 6, 2011, a sanctuary, encompassing more than 240,000 square miles, was created by adding an amendment to the Fisheries resources Act, prohibiting commercial shark fishing, along with the sale, importation, and exportation of shark products.  This amendment was added to the 1993 ban on all longline fishing.  The Bahamas has become one of the shark capitals of the world, contributing millions of dollars to the Bahamian economy, but more importantly, saving one of the Ocean’s most valued and incredible creatures …… the Shark.