Alan C Egan: Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus but Jupiter has tiger sharks

Jupiter, Florida.

Water temperature in summer is 84°F (29°C) and 70°F (21°C) in winter, the depth of the shark dives is approximately 90 feet (30 meters).

Many lucky divers have seen the tigers (Galeocerdo cuviers) up close and personal since my first sighting in November 2013.

We have had approximately eleven females and one male visit the dive site. All the sharks have been named and logged by divers and three are regular visitors, Djenny (with a silent D ) is the largest shark measuring ten feet /3 meters.

These three were almost daily visitors, sometimes individually and occasionally as a group up until July 1st when the sightings stopped.

This timing coincided with the beginning of the commercial fishing season opening in Federal waters. Many people were hence concerned that the sharks has been harvested.

I am delighted to announce that Djenny showed up at the same dive site on October 25th to wow the photographers as usual. In addition, I was told that another tiger had made a brief appearance the day before I was told and since then two more along with Djenny have been sighted again.

So the question is where do they go? I have seen the Bimini spaghetti (research) tags on several of the sharks so Jupiter may be a pit stop on the animal’s migration or simply territorial roaming of the species.

Regardless, for now we are blessed with amazing close-up photograph/video opportunities. These are more challenging than the better known dive locations in the Bahamas due to depth and current but as it is in Floridian’s back yard, this makes it unique.

In addition, we have had great hammerheads (Sphyrna mokarran), lemon (Negaprion brevirostris), bull (Carcharhinus leucas), and blacktip (Carcharhinus limbatus) sharks all on the same dive site .

See you in Jupiter!