Friday Photo: Swimming With Sharks

If you look down anywhere off the 365 cays of the Exumas, you’re likely to find some kind of creature. The water is crystal clear, which means you can see every conch shell, starfish, stingray, turtle, lobster, fish… and shark.

It’s common to see nurse sharks gathering near the docks from Staniel Cay up to Compass Cay. They wait for scraps to fall off of yachts. Sometimes fishermen feed them. Restaurants will occasionally toss them their seafood leftovers. Some sharks would see people in the water and think “food” in a totally different way, but in the Bahamas, even the sharks are more relaxed.


  1. Competitive swimming became popular in the nineteenth century. The goal of competitive swimming is to constantly improve upon one’s time(s), or to beat the competitors in any given event. However, some professional swimmers who do not hold a national or world ranking are considered the best in regard to their technical skills. Typically, an athlete goes through a cycle of training in which the body is overloaded with work in the beginning and middle segments of the cycle, and then the workload is decreased in the final stage as the swimmer approaches the competition in which he or she is to compete in. This final stage is often referred to as “shave and taper”.

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