The Reef Off Drawaqa Island
Trip Start Apr 17, 2001
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We'd been snorkeling the outer edge of the reef off Drawaqa Island, Fiji. With pounding hearts we started for shore. After about ten metres I said to myself "dammit" and pointed back to the reef ledge. Ellen followed. If we'd swam off scared there was a good chance we might never go back out again...like the 'falling off the horse and getting right back on' theory
Later, during a hand quivering cocktail, I started thinking about all the humans who could beat the crap out of me on my own turf, dry land. The shark was about my size, leaner, and likely about fifty times...hell maybe one hundred times faster than me underwater.
And I was going to punch it in the nose.
Realistically, the shark couldn't have eaten the whole thing. But it could have made a hell of a mess if it had taken a mind to.