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  • - The sun is setting at Tiger Beach,

  • and we just started shark diving yesterday.

  • Never been night diving before.

  • But somebody thought it was a good idea

  • we go diving with sharks at night.

  • Was that you?

  • - Definitely was not me.

  • - No, no, it was this guy.

  • - It's gonna be fine, you guys.

  • It's gonna be fine you guys.

  • (creepy music)

  • - Welcome back to Tiger Beach,

  • the site of our fist ever shark dive on Blue Wilderness.

  • If you want to see sharks, like a ton of sharks,

  • you come here.

  • Tiger Beach is a small, pristine, white sand flat,

  • about an hour's boat ride from West End Grand Bahama.

  • And it's one of the few places on earth

  • where you can see up to five species of shark

  • all at the same time.

  • Divers who make the pilgrimage here

  • are rewarded with the chance to swim

  • with scores of reef and nurse sharks,

  • dozens upon dozens of lemon sharks,

  • and if they're lucky, massive hammerheaded tiger sharks.

  • The last time we entered this warm, crystal clear water,

  • we found ourselves in the middle of a shark frenzy.

  • When swam alongside an incredible hammerhead,

  • and Coyote and I got up close and personal

  • with a massive tiger shark.

  • Well, maybe a little too close, in the case of Coyote.

  • So how do we top that?

  • Well, on this episode of Blue Wilderness,

  • we're going back in the water,

  • but this time, we're waiting until the sun goes down.

  • All right guys, well, the sun is setting at Tiger Beach,

  • and we just started shark diving yesterday.

  • Never been night diving before.

  • But, somebody thought it was a good idea we go

  • diving with sharks at night.

  • Was that you?

  • - Definitely was not me.

  • - No, no, it was this guy.

  • - It's gonna be fine, you guys (laughs).

  • - I mean, I don't know, is this a good idea

  • for guys who haven't gone, you know,

  • night diving at all?

  • - [Jonathan] What's the worst that can happen?

  • - [Mark] I mean we're surrounded by sharks.

  • - Right, but, you know, they're probably sleeping.

  • - And we can't see.

  • (Jonathan laughs)

  • - [Mark] Wait, don't sharks feed at night?

  • Aren't they nocturnal predators?

  • - It's gonna be fine.

  • - We're gonna give it a shot, guys,

  • so let's get geared up, get in the water

  • with the sharks, at night.

  • This dive into the darkness will test my resolve

  • more than almost anything I've ever done before.

  • But that's what drives me forward.

  • At the core of every great adventure,

  • lies a thin line between thrill and fear.

  • And the moments where you nerves start to scream,

  • turn around, go back,

  • is exactly when the teammates next to you

  • matter the most.

  • - I'll tell you what,

  • if I was nervous about diving with sharks during the day,

  • I'm very nervous (Mark laughs)

  • while diving with sharks at night.

  • See ya.

  • - Well, in case this is the last time,

  • I'm Mark Vins, Mario's already down there,

  • it's time to go dive with sharks, at night.

  • As soon as we dip below the surface,

  • the world opened up.

  • The last bit of twilight after sunset,

  • combined with the white sands of Tiger Beach,

  • allow for a lot more visibility

  • than we could have ever expected.

  • But as we neared the bottom,

  • the fleeting light that remained, began to disappear.

  • And so did our peripheral vision.

  • Hey Mario, watch out, there's a,

  • yep, big tiger shark right behind you.

  • Within minutes, the entire landscape turned pitch black.

  • And our only field of view was directly in front of us.

  • Other divers in the distance appeared as alien craft

  • with orb-like lights designating their location.

  • With ominous shadows stirring the now murky water,

  • we were surrounded on all sides by two things

  • that have terrified humans since the beginning,

  • sharks, and darkness.

  • But our focus was sharp,

  • and as soon as we got our bearings, our fear was gone,

  • mostly.

  • And then we noticed something

  • we didn't expect to see at night,

  • color.

  • You see, water is excellent at

  • absorbing color from natural light.

  • The deeper you go, the more color disappears.

  • Red is the first to be absorbed,

  • then orange, and then yellow.

  • The same order as the colors of the rainbow.

  • At our depth during the day,

  • the reef can look pretty bland and washed out.

  • But under the cover of night,

  • our powerful dive lights

  • illuminated a completely new world

  • that had been right in front of us the entire time.

  • Even the fish were more vibrant.

  • And then, while we were all completely mesmerized

  • by the colors of the reef,

  • from out of the darkness,

  • ghostly figures flew gracefully into view.

  • These rays are filter feeding fish.

  • Their flight pulls plankton

  • and other nutrients into their systems.

  • And spreads water across their gills,

  • allowing them to breathe.

  • Like spaceships flying across their night sky,

  • just as fast as they appear, they were gone.

  • The rays may have vanished,

  • but if there's one constant at Tiger Beach,

  • it's, well, sharks.

  • And more specifically, tiger sharks.

  • We knew they were out there,

  • but at night, we couldn't see them

  • until they were right in front of us.

  • They drifted in and out of our light like phantoms.

  • The effect was chilling and surreal.

  • And so unnerving, in fact,

  • that I started to actually become numb to it.

  • Here I am sitting at the bottom of a pitch black ocean,

  • surrounded by deadly nocturnal hunters,

  • and I'm totally at their mercy.

  • And then, suddenly, we came upon something

  • that would change my perspective of sharks forever.

  • It was a lemon shark.

  • And it appeared to be, well, sleeping.

  • Okay, so sharks don't actually sleep.

  • At least, not like we sleep.

  • But some sharks, like nurse sharks, or this lemon shark,

  • go into restful periods that appear like sleep.

  • But trust me, this shark was still wide awake,

  • and ready to defend itself against anything,

  • including, a curious first time night diver.

  • But did that stop me?

  • Nope.

  • This would be the perfect opportunity

  • to get some great closeups of that shark.

  • And of course, its razor-sharp teeth.

  • Lemon sharks can grow up to ten feet long,

  • and weigh over 400 pounds.

  • But despite their imposing size,

  • they tend to be gentle giants,

  • and are not responsible for any known human fatalities.

  • Although, like any shark, they will bite if provoked.

  • They can be found in shallow waters

  • and hunt with their incredible electroreceptors.

  • And just in case you're wondering,

  • they do have a slightly yellow tinge to their skin,

  • you know, like a lemon.

  • Gentle or not, I knew this sleeping giant

  • was still an apex predator,

  • capable of inflicting life threatening injuries.

  • And the last thing I wanted to do was provoke it.

  • Especially at night, this far from shore.

  • But, we film with grizzly bears and badgers.

  • This was my chance, I had to get the shot.

  • And to my surprise, I was able to lie right next

  • to the nearly ten foot shark.

  • This was amazing.

  • A life changing experience, to say the least.

  • And now I would never approach a tiger shark,

  • or other top land predator like this,

  • but laying there beside this incredible creature,

  • I could sense it's gentle nature.

  • And it became clear that it had accepted my presence

  • and was allowing us to film with it.

  • And then, I reached out.

  • Testing its trust, I couldn't believe it.

  • It actually let me make contact.

  • I was literally petting a shark.

  • This chance encounter cultivated within me

  • a growing sense of connection,

  • not only to this creature,

  • but to its entire aquatic realm.

  • Swimming during the day in a frenzy of tiger sharks,

  • and now petting a lemon shark on my first night dive,

  • reminded me of how misunderstood these animals are.

  • Our fear of them, like our fear of the dark,

  • is really just a fear of the unknown.

  • Every single time we go out for a Blue Wilderness adventure,

  • we've managed to see something unexpected.

  • And this incredible dive, our first night dive,

  • was no exception.

  • Swimming among them, and literally lying beside them,

  • in the darkness of Tiger Beach at night,

  • brought home to me more than ever,

  • how meaningful our adventures could be

  • to better understanding the mysteries of the ocean.

  • Ascending back to the surface,

  • I couldn't wait to celebrate with the team

  • what had just happened.

  • I knew that this night would be a story

  • that Mario and I would share for many years to come.

  • All right, we're back, and we officially survived

  • night dive number one.

  • Now, I will say, guys,

  • it was a little intimidating when we first got in the water,

  • but once we got down there,

  • it was absolutely incredible.

  • We saw all kinds of cool creatures

  • from sting rays, to sea cucumbers.

  • And we even got to pet a lemon shark.

  • Man, I definitely can't wait

  • until our next night diving adventure.

  • I'm Mark Vins, be brave, stay wild.

  • We'll see you on the next dive.

  • The oceans have depended on sharks

  • for over 400 million years.

  • They are true survivors, and yet,

  • many species of shark are facing

  • overfishing and habitat destruction,

  • leaving their populations vulnerable,

  • and on the verge of collapse.

  • These ancient animals are certainly not

  • the nightmarish killing machines depicted in movies.

  • They are a critical part of our ocean's eco-system.

  • And we must all do our part to ensure their home,

  • the ocean, is protected.

  • We would like to extend an extra special thanks

  • to our friends Jonathan Bird,

  • and The Blue World Dive Team

  • for making this adventure possible.

  • Please make sure to check out

  • some of Jonathon's other adventures

  • by clicking on the link in the description below.

  • If you enjoyed this dive,

  • make sure to go back and watch the time we got up close

  • with a gian hammerhead shark.

  • And don't forget, subscribe,

  • and click the notification bell,

  • to join me and the crew

  • on the next Blue Wilderness expedition.

- The sun is setting at Tiger Beach,

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