The Truth About
© Nautilus Productions
23 February 2017
SAND TIGER SHARKS
AKA Ragged Tooth & Grey Nurse
Welcome to the Sand Tiger Shark web page.
Here you will find information about sharks in general and
the Sand Tiger in particular as well as some great links to related web sites.
My love of the Sand Tiger began in 1990 when they began to congregate in great
numbers around the wreck of the Hutton, formerly known as the Papoose, off the coast of North Carolina.
Theyve always been there but their numbers have increased in recent
years and thats where the fun begins. Imagine swimming side by side
with an 8- or 9-foot shark. I have that chance every time I dive into
the ocean. As I swim along the upside down remains of the Papoose out
of the curtains of bait fish approaches the result of millions of years
of evolution, the perfect eating machine, the Sand Tiger. There is no
fear. I am amazed by the grace and power of these fish. I am well aware
that I would be a quick lunch for the Sand Tiger but fortunately the sharks
dont know that. Im just another clumsy noisy fish to them
and besides wet suits dont taste that great anyway.
During the shooting of "Sand Tigers - Sentinels of the Deep"
I had some wonderful encounters with these majestic creatures.
At one point I was kneeling in the sand 125 feet down with stern of the
wreck over my head and beside me. The Sand Tigers like this spot for some
reason and its the first place I swim to when I want to do some videotaping.
As they slowly swam by I could feel other sharks bumping my tank from
behind because they had so little room to move. There were easily 2 or 3
dozen sharks in a 50-foot radius and they were literally stacked everywhere
with their noses pointed into the current. I would catch large bronze colored
shapes out of the corner of my eye only to see a 9-foot shark that outweighed me
by hundreds of pounds swim lazily by my leg or over my head.
-- Rick Allen
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