Spending a day with Marine Dynamics was probably one of my favorite things I have done in my life! It was such an incredible experience to see these amazing animals.
The day started with coffee and breakfast in the Great White House, followed by a safety video and briefing. The staff thoroughly went over what to expect and how the day would flow. We were then led out to the boat to start the adventure. It was a short boat ride to the area we’d be dropping anchor, and within minutes of stopping a beautiful white shark was slowly cruising around us. I’ve been fascinated by them for years and to see one with my own eyes was an amazing moment for me. I would have been satisfied if the day had ended there!
We all excitedly changed into our wet suits, geared up with goggles and weight belt and into the cage we went. Unfortunately the visibility under water was limited due to an algae bloom, but you could still get a sense of the massive size of these animals when they passed close to the cage. I was lucky enough to see a couple of partial breeches (where they pop their head up out of the water to grab at the seal decoy) just beyond the cage as well… what a thrill!
When my time in the cage was up I settled on the top deck of the boat to watch the action. We were visited by nine individual white sharks that day and were blessed with some very active animals. I really can’t express in words how fantastic it was to see these creatures… not the ravenous, dangerous beasts of myth and movies, but the curious, selective and beautiful animals that they are.
When the time came to head back to the dock the skipper swung us by Geyser Rock to check out the seal colony. Observing this massive population of Cape Fur Seals was a real treat. After returning to the Great White House we were treated to a lovely lunch and had an opportunity to speak to staff about the conservation issues affecting the white sharks and the area. The staff’s passion for the sharks shone through in every way throughout the day. You can tell that they genuinely care about the health and well-being of the sharks and the general marine environment. I picked Marine Dynamics for my dive because of their commitment to conservation and the furthering of white shark research and I was not disappointed.
I will absolutely be planning another dive in the future, and I can unequivocally say that it will be with Marine Dynamics. I cannot say enough good things about the organization and their staff.
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