Tuesday, July 14, 2009

It Was Just Like JAWS

I have been writing a lot about my trip, but mostly only about the drive up ,the drive back and all the geocaching along the way.... I haven't written much (just this post) about the whole out of the country portion of my trip! The Bahamas.

While in the Bahamas we took advantage of the crystal clear water. Not only did we swim, kayak, and sail.... we went snorkeling. It was my first time doing it, but having used a snorkel in the pool - I wasn't worried. I probably could have used a better quality snorkel than the one I had (WalMart), and kept the sunscreen away from my eyes (they were burning) - but I managed to do okay.

We boarded the boat at Stuarts Cove and went to our first "dive" location. The first place was near a small island, a protected bird sanctuary. The coral at this location was pretty far down. There were a lot of fish - but only a couple varieties. All these pictures are taken by the Bride, T. (minor editing by me). I was way to scared to take my camera out on a wet boat! Anyway, this is the Best Man and the Groom.

Swimming With Sharks in the Bahamas

The second location was awesome. Only having 3-5 ft to swim in, you had to be careful not to bump into the coral. They told us whatever you touch, dies. I'm not sure if that is entirely true, I think it may be their way of keeping you from touching it - which is fine with me. I was worried about something biting, poking or injuring me in someway - so you bet I didn't touch anything!

There were a few pockets of deeper locations, without coral were you could actually go vertical. Here is one of the guides feeding the fish.

Swimming With Sharks in the Bahamas

Here is me and T.... We can't really rock the snorkel gear. I don't think anyone really can.

Swimming With Sharks in the Bahamas

The third, and last location was the shortest - but the best. I mean, not everyone can say they have been swimming with sharks. While they remained near the bottom when we were in the water, it still made me nervous. We stayed in long enough to take in the sights and snap some pictures - then we quickly headed back to the boat! You had to be really careful while getting in and out and swimming... avoiding splashing, the sharks were drawn to it!

Swimming With Sharks in the Bahamas

The sharks were 6-8ft. Reef Sharks. Here is a video of someone feeding Reef Sharks. Ironically, its the same company we went snorkeling with. It's the first one I came across.




After everyone got out of the water, the guides fed the sharks. Many (20ish maybe) sharks came to the surface and splashed around while fighting for the scraps of smelly meat.

Swimming With Sharks in the Bahamas

Swimming With Sharks in the Bahamas

It was an awesome first snorkeling experience!

...I realize this snorkel trip wasn't like JAWS at all, as the title suggests. Please forgive me.

3 comments:

  1. Looks and sounds like you really enjoyed yourself. I've been snorkeling once before, along the huge reef located along the Florida Keys. An amazing experience. Just like it was for me, I'm sure your experiences will not be soon forgotten.

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  2. So cool. Something I'd definitely love to do!

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  3. EEK!!!
    swimming with sharks doesn't sound appealing...
    the water 'looked' pretty tho :)

    I think it would 'kind-of' be fun to go snorkling...especially to see all the beautiful colors underwater, but sharks...no ty! I already have a fear of water. hehe :)))

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