18.04.2012 - 18.04.2012
Rise and shine its shark dive time!
We headed down to breakfast at about 8am, Louie tucked into his nice big brekky, whilst I sat sipping my orange juice with Jaws replaying in my head.
After a slow and shaky walk down to the dive shop, we grabbed our gear and boarded the dive boat.
It was a 40min boat ride to 'brown trousers' dive site and Joe used this time to show us some delightful pictures of the sharks we were likely to encounter. He also decided to tell us the story of when he punched an Oceanic shark a few days before after it swam into him at 40mph.
I was brimming with confidence.....
After a few encouraging words from Louie and Joe, I eventually got in the water and started the descent.
The coral and marine life was absolutely stunning and as soon as my head was beneath the waves, every fear I had of the sharks simply vanished.
We spotted our first shark about 5mins into the dive, it was a 2metre white tip reef shark. We then bumped into a few more white tips (not literally) and then a big chunky grey reef shark.
I was suprisingly calm when I saw the sharks, they weren't that interested in us, the only time they swam toward us was when Joe used his 'high tech shark attracting device' - an empty plastic bottle which you scrunch underwater to resemble the sound of sharks feeding.
There was one 'bum clenching' moment when a big black tip started to circle or group, but as he came closer he soon swam away - we obviously don't look as tasty as the fishies they eat.
1. Sharks are pussy's. You heard it here first!