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crosseyed95
08-07-2007, 18:36
Just a question since I get several stories. I'm a diver from the Great Lakes. The wife and I visited Ft Lauderdale last April. 1st dive was a drift on a 70' reef. We dropped in, boat left. Before we dropped, we looked down and there were two "big" sharks right under us. Well, they looked big but I can't actually say what the size was. Let's just say that I don't think I've ever dropped that fast in my life. Those sharks followed us down, circled twice and then left.

I only dive salt water 1-week a year on vacation. I hear that I was "lucky" to see those sharks since it never happens. Other times divers just say "crap, did you walk on water".

I'm wondering if this happens lots for divers in the Ft Lauderdale area or if I was lucky. I keep telling the wife that we'll probably never see that again (unless we do a shark dive). I also look back and now it seems pretty cool. I'd really be interested in some answers and also any stories you may have to share.

kevinj1
08-07-2007, 19:32
I used to dive out of Ft. Lauderdale all the time. Whether I dive off the shore or off the boat, I would run into a shark 90% of the time. I have seen bull, carribean greys, nurse, and hammerheads.
9/10 times I see nurse sharks--very cool, but the ocassional other shark is the best.
I never like telling people how to react around sharks, but I continue my dive and observe from afar. They are like big dogs that like to "play" around the reef. But they are usually territorial so its fun to watch from a safe distance.
Shark behavior is a huge telltale sign on how to approach the situation. It sounds like your two sharks were curious and then lost their curiosity.

Enjoy the show buddy.

kevinj1
08-07-2007, 19:35
also, here is a story I was asked to write---below my story are a couple other great stories in the S. Fla area...

http://www.motusgear.com/webfusion/blog/index.php/category/dive-stories/

DivingsInMyBlood
08-07-2007, 19:49
also, here is a story I was asked to write---below my story are a couple other great stories in the S. Fla area...

http://www.motusgear.com/webfusion/blog/index.php/category/dive-stories/


That was a well told story i can picture that guys face swimming away from the shark, classic.

badfrog88
08-07-2007, 20:10
My first shark encounter was at Casino Point off Catalina Island, California. It was about a half hour before sunset when I looked down and saw a nurse shark about six feet below me. I would guess the length to be between 4 to 5 feet. It just swam along and then disappeared. It was pretty cool.

An other encounter was at a site called Bonneville Seabase, about three years ago. It is about 45 miles west of Salt Lake City, Utah. The site is composed of several warm water natural springs that have about the same salt content as seawater. The owners have planted tropical fish and two nurse sharks in the main spring. Although I wouldn't call them tame, they are fairly use to humans and for the most part (like most nurse sharks) are non-aggressive. I was even able to pet this one.

I just returned from another trip to Utah and dove at Seabase again. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the sharks this time.

Kent

crosseyed95
08-07-2007, 20:56
also, here is a story I was asked to write---below my story are a couple other great stories in the S. Fla area...

http://www.motusgear.com/webfusion/blog/index.php/category/dive-stories/


That's good. Makes me feel better.. Actually, I probably would of had to clean out the wetsuit.

One of the other replies said they were probably curious and I've heard that before from a couple other divers. Big puppy dogs. I still get the small chills when I think that they were curious about me..

WV Diver
08-07-2007, 21:24
I usually only see Nurse Sharks in the Keys area, but on our last trip in May of this year my wife and I spotted about an 8' Hammerhead off Largo in the John Pennecamp. It was cool to see but caught me by surprise for sure. It didn't even give a second look, just kept right on swimming by us. Guess he had a destination in mind.

kevinj1
08-08-2007, 12:13
for some reason their has been an over-abundance of hammerheads in the keys in the past few years. Everyone of my buddies that dive the keys lately, see a hammer. Whats with the change?

WV Diver
08-08-2007, 14:32
for some reason their has been an over-abundance of hammerheads in the keys in the past few years. Everyone of my buddies that dive the keys lately, see a hammer. Whats with the change?
Beats me, it's the first one I've seen around. The captain said that they are spotted on occasion, he didn't act like it was too far out of the realm of normalcy.

Splitlip
08-10-2007, 23:02
also, here is a story I was asked to write---below my story are a couple other great stories in the S. Fla area...

http://www.motusgear.com/webfusion/blog/index.php/category/dive-stories/

A swimming shark can startle you on a night dive since the world as you know it exists soley within the limits of of the flash light's beam. It can be a bit of a surprise and unnerving even when you light them up.

I was on a night dive recently trying to stay away from the crowd by slowly drifting about 15 or 20 feet from the others. I had been holding my light against my chest taking in the darkness and looking for bioluminesence when I decided to swing my light 360 just for grins. I brought it across my left hip and there a few feet behind me and a couple ft below me was a 6 footer. As soon as I put the light on him he flicked his tail and was gone.
You gotta wonder how long was he there and did he know you were there (yes)