Day 12 - Shark Dive!

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Looking back at Gansbaai Harbor
Woke up today to great weather for a Shark Dive!  Made my way to Tolbos Bistro where we were fed a breakfast and the ushered on our way to the boat.  I just happened to be the oldest guest on the boat as I soon discovered that the remainder of the 27 people going on this particular adventure were from the Semester at Sea group.  Ahem... 19 & 20 yo college kids.  Actually they were all really great and a lot of fun.  Most were completely stoked that they were about to enter Great White territory.

We set out on our 45 min ride to the actual site and made our way around Danger Point out to Seal Island.  We managed to see a couple of whales while on our ride out.  The ride out was fairly smooth (so our guide said).  We dropped anchor and then crew began chumming the water.
Danger Point Lighthouse
  You could feel the excitement among the group.  Some were vocal about it... others were busy cumming the water themselves.  LOL  We caught our first glimpse before we ever even put a wetsuit on.  He... She... IT was about 12m long!  Just below the surface.  Come to check us out.  Probably waiting for one of us to fall in.

We went through about 6 at a time in the cage which was about 9m long.  We believe we had 3 distinct sharks pay us a visit.  It was all timing as to how good a photo you got.  They don't pause for you to get that right one.  We had several small breaches and many swim by eatings.  I took a few and some of the kids got better shots.  A couple of them agreed to e-mail me some of the really good ones.

All in all... another great day.  Had dinner at a little local place, Ciro's.  Good food.  Tomorrow is the drive to Cape Town.
julrobmar says:
Nice suit... very hot.
Posted on: Sep 30, 2008
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Looking back at Gansbaai Harbor
Looking back at Gansbaai Harbor
Danger Point Lighthouse
Danger Point Lighthouse
A whale we caught sight of on the …
A whale we caught sight of on the…
Our first sighting
Our first sighting
Does my waist make this wetsuit lo…
Does my waist make this wetsuit l…
Mmmm... Lunch!
Mmmm... Lunch!
Cmon... I just need one of you to…
C'mon... I just need one of you t…
Do you like my fin?
Do you like my fin?
No... No... Really... Im HARMLESS…
No... No... Really... I'm HARMLES…
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