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Shark Mound

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Shark Mound figure in the Bimini mangroves

In 1989, during a flight over East Bimini, a shark-shaped mound was noticed in the dense mangrove swamps. In 1990, some scientists and researchers for the GAEA Project, in cooperation with Atlantic University in Virginia, were in Bimini on an orientation tour of the various archaeological sites discovered in past years. Armed with aerial photos and maps, they were able to navigate through the channels to the nearest point of the mound. They cut a path through the mangrove swamp to the Shark Mound which is about 500' feet long and 10 feet high or more above the level of the swamp, with hardwood trees and other vegetation growing on it. Around the edge of the shark mound is a sandy beach which outlines the shape.

Several other mounds are nearby - one a rectangular-shaped mound, with a projection on one end that looks like a fish hook. Next to it is a cat-shaped mound, with a wide open mouth. Some yards away are several other creature-shaped mounds.

Recreational Opportunities

You can swim on the sandy beach that's at the edges of the Shark mound and go fishing if you desire.

Seasons Accessible

Year Round

Fees: None

Accessibility Notes

 Access to the site is by boat; persons with mobility impairments will need assistance.

 Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are not allowed for their safety as they may fall overboard.

For More Information, Contact:

Mr.Tommy Sewell
Gun Cay Bimini , Bimini,

Boundaries and names shown do not necessarily reflect the map policy of the National Geographic.

Latitude: 25.746321000
Longitude: -79.254511000
Elevation: 20 FT (6 M)
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