Tiger shark 2 feet away at San Benedicto Island.

Location: The Canyon and the Boiler, San Benedicto Island, Revillagigedos, Mexico.

Comments: A couple of our guests are here to free dive instead of scuba dive which is always good fun. One of them has been free diving for over 30 years and had the experience of his career today when he came face to face with a tiger shark. He was on the surface resting between dives when a huge tiger shark came right in towards him at The Canyon dive site on San Benedicto Island. He says that the tiger shark was huge and just kept coming in closer and closer until it was only 2 feet away. Yes, 2 feet away! He started yelling through his snorkel and the shark finally turned away and swam off with its dorsal fin cutting through the surface of the water. It was clearly a tiger shark with the typical vertical striping of this species, not to mention its huge girth and length. We are told that tiger sharks can grow to an astonishing length of 22 feet. I am jealous! I had to be content with only seeing 3 mantas on that dive.

–Captain Mike

Weather: Scattered clouds, sunny, 15 knot winds from the NW. 4ft swell at the Boiler, calm at the Canyon. Air temp 76°F

Water: Water temp 73°F. Visibility ranging from 40-90 feet.

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