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... we would pop down again as a shark or two went by. The sharks that we saw ranged anywhere from 3 - 5 meters in length and sometimes they would look right at us as they swam by.
Our group of eight people had 20 viewings and then it was time for the next group to go. Chris and I took turns going in the cage so that one person could take photographs from the upper deck of the boat. It was pretty thrilling.
The whole experience lasted for 4 hours. We ...
... what??? I told him that if he went in I would go in. Ummmm .... "Its okay Mom, I'll go with dad" whew! I was so overwhelmed with pride at that moment, knowing then that this trip was worth it for him! He knew he would regret it if he didn't get in. And he did. But they waited and waited. They had just opened the top of the cage to let them out when a shark appeared, lid closed FAST! The shark came right up to Hunter's face, full on teeth in his face! it fought ...
... a cage you actually want them to be as close as possible.
We saw 6 different sharks ranging from 4 to 6 metres long, and it certainly felt like they were that big when you were in the cage! One of the sharks came right towards my part of the cage and I found myself face to face within a couple of inches. Paul who was next to me was lucky enough to have a Go Pro camera on him and video'd the whole thing under water so I hope one day to see that ...
... the cage. Not in the cage though OH WAIT OH MY GOD WHAT IS THAT THERE IS A SHARK WEDGED BETWEEN MY END OF THE CAGE AND THE BOAT. luckily it was only there for 4 seconds or so but it was very splashy and scary and they have a rule about not peeing in the wetsuit and and and and :|. We were in the cage for about 15 minutes but couldn't stay any longer because we needed to share the time with the others and also it was BLOOMING FREEZING. The wetsuits were a godsend but couldn't ...
... the hotel where I got situated, showered off and then fell asleep.
June 7th - Great White Cage Diving - Day 2
Today I woke up at like 3 am since my sleep schedule was all out of wack. I took care of things in the morning and then headed to the port for breakfast at 9am and my dive at 10am. Today there weren't any sharks around to start, but after a little bit of chumming we had a few great whites at the boat. I was in the second group to ...