As it is Shark Week I thought I’d share my shark encounter with you all!
I actually shared a little bit of this story in a guest post I did way back when I started blogging, so if I’m repeating my story to you I’m sorry, but it isn’t every day that I have a shark encounter so why not share!
It all happened when I was living in Australia. For my Junior year of college I decided to study abroad and moved to Sydney for about 6 months without knowing anyone. I had an amazing time there and made some great friends. While there, I traveled as much as I could to see as much of the country in the time I had. One of my favorite trips was to Cairns, Queensland.
At first, I was actually a little annoyed that they were bothering me and thought they just wanted to leave early, so I pulled my head out of the water and shouted back, “what!?” My poor friend look terrified and all she could get out was “SHARK!” and she pointed.
I put my head back down in the water to look and she was right.
I literally felt paralyzed in that moment. My heart dropped into my stomach. In my mind, I was trying to think about what I’d learned from previous Shark Weeks, which in the moment wasn’t too much!
Because I am an experienced swimmer, I swam about 100 yards from the boat.
The shark swam up right to me. It literally swam up next to me and slid itself along part of my body. Creepy, I know! But then it just went on its own way. I guess I’m not too appetizing!
It was a strange experience and one I hope never to repeat, I wouldn’t want to press my luck! But it was an awesome day and I did find Nemo!
Looking back, I made a lot of stupid decisions about that incident. First, I probably shouldn’t gone that far from the boat alone. Second, after the whole shark thing I probably should have gotten out of the water. That’s right, I didn’t even get out! About 20 seconds after the incident a sea turtle swam by and I decided to follow it heading back to the boat.
Now, my encounter wasn’t with a Great White or anything, I don’t have a picture of it, as in the moment the last thing I was thinking about was taking a picture, but it was a Black Tip Reef Shark and I’m 5’10” so my estimate is that it was about 5′ long. I had been warned that Reef Sharks were commonly in the area, but that they usually do not have too many problems with them.
Sharks, in general, are fascinating creatures, but I hope to never get that close to another one!
I hope you all enjoy the end of Shark Week and have a great weekend!