Swimming With a Great White

When I was in Hawaii recently, I experienced something that very few people ever get to experience.  I went diving with a friend of mine who happens to be a shark research assistant, and he took me to an area that he knew was legendary for great white shark encounters.  Well, believe it or not, we had an incredible adventure swimming alongside two great white sharks that afternoon.

We were off the coast of Oahu when we spotted the great whites.  One of them was about 18 feet long, while the other one was about 15 feet long.  Just for your information, the average length of a great white shark is 11-21 feet.  The two great whites had been swimming around the corpse of a dead whale.  Close by, we also spotted three tiger sharks.  I believe the tiger sharks were also keeping an eye on the deceased whale.  They were all just an incredible sight.

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Falling From the Sky

I cannot believe that I’m still alive to write about this adventure!  Of all the traveling I’ve done around our beautiful United States, I’ve never seen anything like the views of the Grand Canyon from high above in an airplane.  I really cannot believe that I actually jumped out of that plane! 

Skydiving over the Grand Canyon was such a thrill that my heart is pounding now as I write this all down, even though the trip was a few years ago.  Part of me still wonders what I was thinking to go on such an exhilarating adventure, but I’m so glad that I did! 

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Down Under the Sea

Butterfly fish, parrotfish, angelfish, and clownfish were just a few of the amazing fish species that I remember from my trip to the Great Barrier Reef.  I had a remarkable time throughout my stay in Australia; however, the scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef was the most memorable part of the trip. 

I was fortunate enough to go on a multi-day escapade that solely included diving, snorkeling, and lounging on a beautiful yacht in the crystal waters around the Great Barrier Reef.  The amenities of the yacht were abundant.  The staterooms were gracious in size and comfort.  The meals provided were scrumptious and creative.  Most importantly, the scuba and snorkel equipment was top grade and the expertise of the dive masters were beyond comparison.  All of these amenities combined provided me with an adventure that I will remember for my lifetime.

One particular afternoon, the weather was perfect.  The blue skies above us were perfectly cloudless and the temperature of the water was an inviting 82 degrees Fahrenheit.  I could hardly wait to dress in all of my scuba gear and finish up the safety check.  Once the scuba master delivered the final speech, I flipped into the water in search of new discoveries.  Little did I know that within minutes, I would brush up against a Great White shark!

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