By Kristy Dean
The word shark evokes various different feelings in people but probably the most common feeling would be FEAR!!!! Even some seasoned divers express their fear of an encounter with a shark. Sharks are portrayed as ferocious creatures that would bite you in half if given the chance.
My own experience diving with sharks has been quite different to this perception. I was lucky enough to take a group of divers out to Magic Point at Maroubra where there is a Grey Nurse Shark colony. After our descent into the clear water we excitedly swam to the cave where these beautiful creatures hang out. Being careful not to venture too far inside the cave, we gently perched ourselves on the sea floor and got ready for the show. Boy did they perform! We were lucky enough to watch 11 Grey Nurse Sharks swim around us! As they became more comfortable in our presence they swam closer and closer to us. They seemed to be just as curious about us as we were about them. Grey Nurse Sharks shed their teeth regularly, so while we were enjoying watching these majestic animals we took the opportunity to sift through the sand in the hope of finding some shark teeth. We were so transfixed that before we knew it about 25 minutes had passed and it was time to start making our way back to the anchor line.
You don’t need to travel half way across the world, or even leave the state to experience diving with these magical creatures. Your reasons for wanting to dive with sharks will all be different, but one thing will be the same – you’ll never forget it.
If you want to join us for a dive in Sydney with the Grey Nurse Sharks, check out our website: https://www.abyss.com.au/scuba/pc/Shark-Dive-in-Sydney-69p2602.htm
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