The Shark Dive
© copyright 2005
by Clint Leung
|One of the most interesting dives for any certified scuba diver is the shark
During most dives in the Caribbean, seeing a shark is actually a rare
occurrence and considered a bonus since they don't tend to stay around very
long if they are sighted anyway. One quick glimpse and they are gone in the
distance. This is why the shark dives in the Bahamas were developed. It's a
way to give daring scuba divers a chance to see many sharks up close. These
shark dives are available in both Nassau and Freeport in the Bahamas. I had
an opportunity to do one of these shark dives during a dive trip to Nassau
in the island of Providence.
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|After the first dive, we went over to the dive site close by that would be
the location for the actual shark feeding. This dive site was appropriately
named Shark Alley. We were told to use a little more weight than usual since
we were to spend most of our time during our second dive at the bottom. So I
added three more pounds to my weight belt. Again, we could see the sharks in
the water during the surface interval but this time, there were more of
We were instructed to descend to the bottom as quickly as possible and
once at the bottom about 50 feet down, we were huddled by one of the divemasters into a single line semi-circle in a sandy open area. Once we
were in formation, another divemaster descended from the boat. This was the
one who would do the feeding and he was carrying a bucket of treats for the
sharks. Almost immediately, over 20 sharks came out of nowhere. My heart
started to pound with excitement at this point.
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|In addition to the sharks, there were also these two groupers who parked
themselves in front of our semi-circle as they watched all the activity.
They didn't seem to have any fear of the sharks or divers at all and at one
point, one of these groupers actually darted in and took the food from the
divemaster's rod before any of the sharks did.
When the divemaster ran out of food, he tipped the bucket over on its side and almost on cue, all the sharks swam off. It's like they knew that the feeding had ended and therefore had no more interest in sticking around. When they all left, we still had some time left to search the sand bottom for any shark teeth before returning back to the boat. Of course, most of us eventually did buy the video of our shark dive when we got back to the dive shop. I have played this video to many of my non-diving friends who just watched in horror and disbelief. They just couldn't understand why anyone would want to jump into the water with sharks around. Of course, experienced scuba divers have a better understanding of shark behavior than the average person but it's always fun to entertain my non-diving friends with this video. The shark dive is certainly one of the most exciting and memorable dives a scuba diver will ever do.
About the Author:
Clint Leung is a NAUI certified Master and Rescue Scuba Diver. He is also owner of Free Spirit Activewear ( http://www.FreeSpiritActivewear.com ) , an online retailer/designer specializing in premium quality scuba diving activewear. Free Spirit Activewear has numerous information resource articles on scuba diving as well as free eCards.
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