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Sharks of the Bahamas, Bahama Breeze Island Grille Gift Card Giveaway

by EJ on 08/15/12

In honor of today's Bahama Breeze Island Grille gift card giveaway, I'd like to introduce you to some of the sharks of the Bahamas and the Caribbean Sea (KM helped with the research).

Sharks of the Bahamas

The Oceanic Whitetip Shark is an endangered species. Jacques Cousteau described the oceanic whitetip as "the most dangerous of all sharks". They're responsible for more human deaths throughout history than any other shark. That's because they're the sharks that show up in the event of a shipwreck and other disasters at sea. Named for their white tipped paddle-like rounded fins, they are pretty aggressive but as we're often told, shark attacks in general remain rare. Ocean whitetips are often accompanied by pilot fish and prefer to cruise the open ocean. Whitetips can grow up to 13 feet in length. Humans are much more dangerous to whitetips than these sharks will ever be to humans. In fact, these particular sharks are hunted enormously for their fins, used to make shark fin soup. Since 1969, this shark's population has dropped by 70 percent.

The Silky Shark prefers deep water, but closer to land and can be found abundantly in tropical waters. They have slender, smooth bodies that are metallic to dark gray with white bellies and grow up to 8 feet in length. This shark's population is also on the decline as their slow reproductive cycles prove impossible to keep up with the human exploitation of this species.

Lemon Sharks are named for their lighter yellow or brown color. Scientists know more about this shark than most other shark species. Distinguished by their pointy snouts and double dorsal fins, they can reach up to 8 to 10 feet in length. They tend to keep to shallow waters near islands or the coast, no deeper than 250 feet deep. They will churn up the bottom of the ocean bed to search for their food. This shark is very social and will travel with groups are are typically not aggressive.

The Blacktip Reef Sharks, while found all over the world, are seen often in the Bahamas. Black coloration can be found on various fins and their bluish gray bodies can reach around 6 and a half feet in length. Blacktips are common in shallow lagoons and coral reefs. They will travel in groups, cruising the coastline.

Nurse Sharks are distinguished by their extra larger second dorsal fin, long paddle-like caudal fin and their itty bitty eyes. They are tannish brown colored and can grow from 9 to 10 feet in length and are found in shallow waters. During the day, they hover over the bottom and are normally active during the night. Nurse sharks are very docile and slow-moving.
Bull Sharks, on the other hand, are known today to be one of the most aggressive sharks that exist. They're bulky and large with a short, blunt snout. These guys are all bulk and plenty of bite and are often found near tropical shorelines. Unlike other sharks, they can make their way into brackish waters and even fresh water, sometimes venturing several miles inland. They're gray on top with white underbellies. Bull sharks are not on the endangered species list but their numbers are on the decline due to human exploitation.
The Tiger Shark is named for the stripes on its sides. They can grow up to 12 feet long and as they get older, their stripes tend to fade. They have huge heads, squared snouts and dark black eyes. They like deep and shallow waters. They eat pretty much anything and have been known to consume human garbage, license plates and tires.
The Great Hammerhead, which can reach lengths of 20 feet, possesses an olive green to gray body with white belly. This shark is the largest in the hammerhead family. Its tall dorsal fin, one of the tallest of all sharks, sits high out of the water when the body nears the surface. The most obvious distinction is the hammer shaped head and face, with eyes on either side of the hammer. This creates an incredible field of vision, allowing the shark to see in two directions at once. They move this head back and forth across the ocean floor, searching for food.

Win a $25 Gift Card to Bahama Breeze Island Grille

Bahama Breeze Island Grille has partnered with Four Little Monsters Blog to offer $25 gift cards to two lucky readers. Now that KM has set the mood with her sharks of the Bahamas facts, check out the entry widget below for your chance to dine and drink like an islander. No, you probably won't run into any sharks at Bahama Breeze Island Grille. Check here for locations and the food and drink menu.

From the Bahama Breeze website: With its unique combination of Caribbean-inspired food, handcrafted tropical drinks, vibrant atmosphere and people happy to be of service, Bahama Breeze is the restaurant that brings you the feeling of a Caribbean Escape.
The first Bahama Breeze opened its doors in 1996 in Orlando, FL, and now operates 24 restaurants nationally. Bahama Breeze is owned by Darden Restaurants (NYSE: DRI), the nation’s largest casual dining restaurant company.

Read the Four Little Monsters food and drink reviews for Bahama Breeze Island Grille.

Comments (11)

1. susan said on 8/15/12 - 11:17AM
I love the cuban bread!
2. Kelly Moran said on 8/15/12 - 11:49AM
Key west Fish Tacos! YUM!
3. Kelly Moran said on 8/15/12 - 11:50AM
Hammerhead Sharks - they just plain look scary!!!
4. barbara@HomeroomAtHome said on 8/15/12 - 02:16PM
LOVE this post... will forward to my Homeroom At Home audience. If we win, my husband will be thrilled... he's been wanting to get there. Anything on the menu looks good. ps- always thought the hammerhead was the weirdest! Great post.
5. Kelly Raudenbush said on 8/15/12 - 03:00PM
I love that place - coconut shrimp is sounding yummy to me right now!
6. Kelly Raudenbush said on 8/15/12 - 03:02PM
Hammerhead sharks I guess - aren't all sharks freaky scary? Yikes!
7. Gina Badalaty said on 8/16/12 - 10:03AM
Easy peasy..the Bahamarita! Just had one on vacation about 2 weeks ago :)
8. Gina Badalaty said on 8/16/12 - 10:05AM
Always been a hammerhead shark fan, because they are so unusual! Also doing penance for the one my uncle used to have hanging in his basement that he caught decades ago :(
9. Rachee Fagg said on 8/16/12 - 04:45PM
I love the coconut shrimp.
10. Pat said on 8/17/12 - 08:10PM
Lobster & Shrimp Quesadilla pkildow at gmail dot com
11. susan said on 8/22/12 - 06:04PM
oh shark week freaks me out, but I love to see how the sharks live


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