The Great Shark Encounter
Text by Al Bozza
Photos by Stephen R. Gagin
We had another great shark dive in June, but this one included a truly exciting
encounter for me personally. One of the largest attractions for me on our
shark dives is the fact you just really never know what you will encounter
spending 8 hours chumming and drifting 35 miles offshore. On this dive after
chumming for an hour with nothing sighted I convinced 2-3 divers to do some
snorkeling with me around the shark cage (just to see if anything was swimming
around). We had been in the water for about 20 minutes when we were pleasantly
shocked by approximately 60 white-sided dolphins.
When you are floating with your face in the water looking at nothing
but chum and the deep blue ocean below you it is an amazing feeling to instantly
have dolphins pop into your vision. For 3-4 minutes we had the pleasure
of interacting with them in their environmentóit was great !! They
returned two more times within the next 30 minutes.
For two hours we drifted without any sightings before we were finally
visited by a couple of blue sharks. They were your normal, graceful, and
beautiful typical blue shark. I called to the dive boat that we had sharks
around and two divers immediately swam out and entered the cage. One of
the divers was still snorkeling with me.