...and other misconceptions I made 10-05-30
2010 May 30
September 18th 2012
Maybe my best single dive so far

Posted by D under scuba

It started all rather boring. I guess one gets spoiled. Yet another reef. Sure, it is called “Shark Canyon”, but we all know these dive boats make up names to get people excited and book a trip.

Well, about 15 minutes into the dive (we’re at about 80ft / 24m) there are a couple of sharks that show up and swim around us. I think they were kind of cute and exciting. Not too big, maybe 5-7ft / 1.5-2m.

The sharks swim away and we see some goliath grouper. They suddenly hurry off. We go exploring what happened and look under a big overhang. A lot of sand was stirred up (too much to take a picture – even though I tried). But laying under that ledge was another shark, this one a nurse shark, maybe 8-9ft long (about 2.5m). Definitely big enough to have me not get closer too aggressively. They are mostly harmless and misunderstood creatures. But then again, doing something that the shark might misunderstand in the confined space under that overhang – not necessarily a good idea.

A few minutes later I found a turtle and went chasing after it. Oops, federal law requires me to say “swam around next to it, coincidentally in about the same direction and at about the same speed…”.

turtle swim-alonganother turtle

As I finally give up (let’s just say the turtle is a better swimmer than I am) and look up, there is this nice 5ft / 1.5m shark right in front of me. How close you ask? The first picture (shark from the front) was completely out of focus. The pictures below are basically uncropped and taken with a strong wide angle lens. Instead of taking pictures I could also have petted the shark. No kidding.

Absolutely breathtakingly amazing.

smallish spinner sharksmallish spinner shark

Oh, on the other dives I took some cool pictures, too. Like these. Whatever.

another beautiful lion fishFunny looking guy

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2 Responses to “Maybe my best single dive so far”

  1. DMN on 19 Sep 2012 at 11:00 am #

    Wow, how cool! Can you put up the blurry shot so we can see how close? You photos are improving by leaps and bounds. Way faster than most for underwater photography. What place where you in at the time?

  2. Catherine on 15 Oct 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    YIKES!!!

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