Your first shark sighting diving... cool or scary?

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asked Jun 26, 2017 in Scuba Diving by hurfish (3,024 points)

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answered Jun 27, 2017 by Lietzke00 (713 points)
My first shark sighting was in the Lost Blue Hole off Nassau's east coast. A pair of reef sharks were lazily patrolling around just under the edge, and it was super cool, but it was my 3rd open water dive ever and I had to pay more attention to the dive instructor asking us to demonstrate the certification skills.

    My second sighting, on the other hand, was at a location where sharks tended to hang out, and whoa, it was intense for a new diver to see several sharks in one spot! But any nervousness went away when I realized the sharks weren't at all interested and were almost going out of their way to avoid us.
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answered Jun 27, 2017 by George1224 (5,147 points)
My wife and I were diving in the Keys , We all went through a long swim through and I was last. As the group exited in front of me a 5 foot reef shark came in with me from the other side. Coolest thing in the world. He looked at me I looked at him and we swam right by each other.
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answered Jun 27, 2017 by scubagirlie (613 points)
edited Jun 28, 2017 by scubagirlie
Both cool and scary. We were diving near Tavernier in the Florida Keys. I looked to the side and saw a reef shark about 15 feet away. It was like we both saw each other at the same time. I went one way and it went the other. What a thrill!
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answered Jun 29, 2017 by Ratfish (455 points)
freaking awesome. Saw a lemon shark, it had a hook in its mouth and some line from that hook trailing it... It was so cool though! Sharks rule
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answered Jun 29, 2017 by NinjaShark (3,775 points)

When I was in Hawaii, I was hoping so much to see a shark. I haven't seen a shark on a dive yet and I really wanted too (they are my favorite animals). The dive shop said that I probably wouldn't see a shark in the spots we were going to dive. But guess, what, I did! It was a little white tip reef shark. When I saw it I was so excited, i followed it for a little while and then the thought occurred "I"m following a shark..." - he was pretty speedy so I didn't keep following him, didn't want to separate from the dive group or my dive buddy. But it was so cool! I did 3 sets of two tank dives while in Hawaii, and every day they said I wouldn't see a shark, and guess what, I saw a white tip reef shark each day on at least one of the dives. Most of the time the sharks were chilling under a rock ledge "sleeping" - they were so awesome. 

Here's a screenshot from my GoPro footage of the first one I saw:white-tip reef shark - Hawaii

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answered Jul 2, 2017 by Jillian Myers (708 points)
During my certification in Florida I saw a shark. We were doing our 1st open water dive and there it was under a ledge. It was scary and a thrill to see. See them all the time in Florida and the Bahamas.
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answered Jun 27, 2017 by Cvet (3,369 points)
We were off the coast of Florida when my wife bent down to pick up trash off the ocean floor. Just then a large shark cruised by her. She never saw the shark.
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answered Jul 12, 2017 by Brilliant1 (595 points)
Always cool.

Always exciting.

Was only nervous once and am not sure why.
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answered Aug 5, 2017 by Sascharay (133 points)
Reef sharks on a solo dive off a live a board in the Caribbean....somewhat un nerving
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