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Affectionately dubbed “Little Pretty” by locals, this beautiful tiger shark was an absolute treat to dive with on our most recent venture on the SeaLegacy 1. The minute I slipped beneath the surface, she came gliding through the tropical current to greet me like an old friend. The powerful sweep of her tail revealed the beautiful markings along her flanks that give her species its name and she sailed over the reef to investigate me- a newcomer in her underwater kingdom. Most of us assume sharks operate almost mechanically as honed predators ready to hunt or strike at a moment’s notice. But in all my time diving with them, I’ve found them to be thoughtful and cautious animals. Many won’t even dare come near me while I’m diving and the ones who are brave enough to draw close are simply curious about my presence, like Little Pretty. Far from the bloodthirsty monsters we’ve made them out to be, sharks are intelligent will do everything they can to avoid taking unnecessary risks.












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