Yes, you read right. I went swimming with sharks. I have been doing some wild stuff this year. Needed to break out of my comfort zone and grow as a person. You can’t live inside your mental box forever.
After going around the Barrier Reef, we went to shark ray alley. This part of Hol Chan had been made a tourist attraction due to all the sharks and sting rays. Tourists would swim with these dangerous and majestic creatures.
I was the third to jump in. We had some courageous people on our tour. They knew all about sharks and the Marine Wildlife. It was a young professional couple who were marine biologists. They were traveling the world together after finishing their master’s degrees.
Getting in the water with these sharks was nerve wrecking. I kept my distances like a kid not wanting to eat broccoli. Still I was in awe with the sharks. You see them in movies and in the zoo. However, seeing them in person with no glass separating you was once in a life time experience.
Started to swim closer to where the action was. The sharks looked like gentle animals that just wanted food. I kept getting a harmless vibe from these sharks. I saw the couple practically in the middle of where the sharks were eating. The sharks were feasting on the droppings the tour guides were leaving. Knowing what they were, the marine biologists even touched them. When I saw this at the time, I seriously thought these people were crazy.
So these sharks are actually nurse sharks. They are like the couch potatoes of the shark family. Usually found in shallow waters and they are bottom feeders. Nurse sharks do not attack humans, unless they feel antagonisted. There have only been 5 recorded attacks from these somewhat gentle beasts. Even though their mouths are filled with sharp teeth, it’s not big enought to rip a limb off. It’s almost getting like bitten by a dog.
Keeping my distances, I was still in awe with the nurse sharks. They reminded me of dogs. The way the sharks moved had me thinking of my pets at home. Sometimes you forget how smart wildlife can be. As I was thinking about this, a nurse shark swam under me. One of the most scariest moments on this trip and probably the year. At the time, I did not know much about sharks. So of course, I thought I skipped death.
While still being in the water, I saw a sting ray. It was about 40 feet away from me. Heard the stories about these creatures. I was definitely not wanting to pet this animal. It was fine just looking from afar. Being in this underwater world has really changed my views. This experience made me wonder. Who’s more deadlier, humans or sharks? Life is so amazing. Truly glad to have witnessed this Marine ecosystem.
Thank you for reading. Much love and safe travels!
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this looks awesome!
🙂 so glad you read it was as awesome!
Really interesting!! And thanks for sharing these beautiful photos!
Have a wonderful day 😊
I didn’t know that some sharks could be gentle. This is cool!
Great blog and amazing photos to go with it too!!
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Wow. I want to try this. I use to be terrified of snakes and the way I got over it was by touching and holding them. Snakes? Super terrified lol. So..you know what that mean? TIME TO PLAN A SHARK SWIM! Yes!
So good you left your comfort zone to experience these gentle creatures 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼🙃🙃🙃
You are daring.
Waouh, you are so brave !
I’m tempted to follow in your ‘flipper’ steps! I’ve swam with wild manatees in Cuba as well as dolphins. both were amazing experiences, this looks like a bucket list experience for me!
WOW! What an experience! I would freak out.. even though they are gentle 🙂
I like the idea of swimming with sharks but know I couldn’t actually do it! Well done
So very cool!!
Wow, you are so brave! I agree it’s part of moving out of your comfort zone
Moving out of comfort zone is very necessary for development. Meeting with sharks is really very scary and horrifying.
Great post. ❤❤❤
You are most welcome my friend ❤❤❤
Wow! This is crazy – I would be far too scared. Well done!
Oy! What and adventure.
O my god… okay you really are leaving out side the box. you did well !!
Is it true that they smell blood ? are you nervous to not make your self bleeding at all while swimming ?
Wow, very brave!
Wow, what cool pictures. I think I would have been too afraid to swim with the sharks. What a beautiful experience. Thanks for sharing this time and all the pics. Love Joni
This is AMAZING! We’re huge Shark Week fans and my son is a shark enthusiast! This is on The List so thanks for posting it!
Very exciting – even if they were “nurse sharks” … they are still sharks so a real element of fear there.
O-m-g! Lolol amazing 🙂
Oh my you need to be really careful with things okay ..
I know your research will come an Andy
WOW this post gave me a bit of anxiety haha (shark-phobia over here) but I am loving your attitude of just doing what scares you. We only have one life, we gotta grow right!? AMAZING pics.
Thank you! Skydiving is next! Yeah you only have one life. Might as well live it to the fullest.
You’re so brave. No way you’d get me in there, gentle or not!
Lol thank you. It was live in the moment kin of thing. They felt like giant catfish with teeth
Good post. I will be dealing with many of these issues as well..
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I needed a pep talk before swimming with DOLPHINS! And I thought I was BRAVE! 🐋
Lol no, dolphins i know they are harmless. The sharks were bottom feeders. Not much they could do
Still, brava! 😄