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BEEN DIVING TO SEE
I've become a friend with creatures like this which I met on my scuba trips.
HERE IS THE PICTURE OF SPIEGEL GROVE BEFORE IT'S FINAL DUTY.
When I started to dive there were many things I've been afraid of. Running out of air was one of my main concerns.
second biggest worry was being attacked by shark. At that time I didn't realize that sharks are not
ferocious, man eating creatures like many people might think so. I'm blaming hollywood movie "Jaws" for scaring people too much.
The truth is that sharks
are living creatures like any other, that mind their own business unless provoked or attracted in certain way.
I've seen sharks on several occasions and wasn't afraid at all.
They just passed by without having intentions of attacking me or other divers. If I had dead fish in my hands it would be a different story. It would most likely
tried to go after that fish meat jeopardizing my hands. It's a wild animal like any other. Sharks are usually timid animals. Many times I've tried to take a pictures of sharks,
but had a hard time because sharks swam away from me before I had a chance to pull out my camera. I've tried to swim after shark, but without any success, because shark is obviously
a better swimmer than me...
We had an opportunity to go for a nurse shark feeding with a crew from Atlantis dive center in Key Largo. It was quite an adrenaline rush to experience all of those
sharks around us attracted by fish in the bucket. We had a chance to hold sharks in our hands and feel something incredible. It takes a little courage to pick up a shark and pet it for a while.
We had to use a lot of caution while handling these animals. It could unexpectedly turn back and grab an arm or leg with the jaws. It wouldn't be much fun afterwards...We were lucky
enough to have a close encounter with these animals without any injuries. We have heard of several provoked attacks on humans by these aquatic creatures.
Actually one of the attacks happened to our dive master, who was feeding these animals. He had a "bad habit" of kissing the sharks while feeding them. He got away with it
hundreds of times without any injury, but one time shark bit his lip causing him a serious injury. He was lucky enough to have reconstructive cosmetic surgery that put his lip back together.
I don't know if he kissed the sharks since then...
JOE'S SHARK FEEDING PICS: