Animals Video

By David Aspinall


Talk about JAWS, this intrepid driver appears to give a tiger shark a dental check-up underwater.

While diving off Tiger Beach in the northern Bahamas in January 2018, wildlife photographer and guide Eli Martinez encounters an old friend – a 14-feet-long predator called Jenn.

As the 1500lb shark glides mere inches off the seabed, the 47-year-old experienced diver remains calm with a box held out in front of him.

Pic by Eli Martinez/Caters News

Once she has opened her mouth, Eli then manages to turn Jenn over mid-swim and stares down through her massive jaws and at those famous sharp teeth, just like a dentist.

Eli, from Rio Grande Valley, Texas, USA, said: “Jenn is one of the biggest sharks at Tiger Beach.

“This was our annual dive, so she is used to us now and the reason our works seems safe and easy is becuase we give these sharks the respect they deserve.

“I am under no illusions these animals are not puppy dogs.

“Sharks are very large predators and they do command our respect.

Pic by Eli Martinez/Caters News

“It is always a privilege to get this close to her and the other sharks.”

Eli uses these dives to educate his visitors about the sharks and how they need to be protected.

He said: “Sharks are in serious trouble, due to demand for meat, oil, cartilage, teeth and skin.

“The high demand for fins has caused global shark populations to decline, and in some areas collapse.

“Films such as Jaws have caused the public to needlessly fear sharks.

“It makes it hard for the public to support conservation efforts, because many people still believe, that the only good shark is a dead shark.”