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Bimini Bull Run Now Open at the Historic Big Game Club Resort & Marina
By John Bell
Mar 7, 2013 - 2:03:15 PM

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Bahamas $80 Million Dollar Shark Tourism Industry Grows Again

Bimini, The Bahamas - Recent news that sharks are disappearing at a rate of 100 million a year globally has rocked the commercial shark diving industry. Now more than ever safe and educational shark diving sites are needed and the Bahamas are ground zero for this growing industry trend.

Safe shark diving is good for tourism; a live shark can be worth tens of thousands of dollars compared to the hundreds that can be made by selling its fins. With that in mind an enterprising team of industry experts have created the world¹s first educational dockside shark diving site on the small island of Bimini, Bahamas to help dispel myths and misconceptions of sharks.

Bimini Bull Run is headquartered at the Bimini Big Game Club, a 30-minute flight from the South Florida and a legendary outpost for fishermen, host to numerous major sport fishing tournaments for more than half a century. At this marina Bull Sharks (Carcharhinus leucas) have regularly visited since the time Hemmingway called Big Game home looking for fresh fish scraps from cleaning tables.

A spokesperson for the site said: "We're very excited to be able to offer one day guaranteed shark encounters with this completely unique and misunderstood shark species. Sharks are under siege around the world and we have found that positive encounters with sharks change attitudes and mindsets allowing for the continued preservation of these animals in ways that negative encounters cannot accomplish and for us safety is key. We built a large infrastructure to keep sharks and people safe, it's a completely new operation that allows divers, non-divers, and film and TV productions a unique place to encounter them in their natural habitat."

Bimini Bull Run is a commercial concept endorsed and supported by the Shark-Free Marinas Initiative and the Bahamas Film Commission. Bimini Bull Runs specially designed cage systems are attached to purpose built docks that allow divers, non divers, filmmakers, and underwater photographers access this unique and thrilling underwater world.

About Bimini Bull Run

Biminibullrun.com is the preeminent one-day guaranteed shark encounter site in the Bahamas. Along with cage diving instruction and optional pool courses our specially designed cages allow non-certified divers a rare glimpse into the world of the sharks face to face. Our goal is to educate, inspire, and share the world of the sharks with generations of divers and non-divers the world over to help preserve this precious resource for future generations.

For more information on Bimini Bull Run please visit www.Biminibullrun.com

About The Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina

The Bimini Big Game Club, a legendary outpost for fishermen and host to numerous major sport fishing tournaments for more than half a century, officially re-opened in 2010 following completion of a $3,500,000 renovation that included all guest rooms and the new Bimini Big Game Bar & Grill. More recently owners have added the Gulfstream Conference Center and Hemingway's Rum Bar & Social Lounge, a fully outfitted water sports facility and a floating dock to accommodate seaplane service directly to and from the resort.

For information on the Big Game Club Resort and Marina go to www.biggameclubbimini.com

 


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