On a recent great white shark cage diving trip we experienced a very rare event, a shark breaching the side of the cage. What might appear to be an aggressive great white shark trying to attack the cage, this is not the case. These awesome sharks are biting at large chunks of tuna tied to a rope. When a great white shark lunges and bites something, it is temporarily blinded. They also cannot swim backwards. So this shark lunged at the bait, accidentally hit the side of the cage, was most likely confused and not able to swim backwards, it thrust forward and broke the metal rail of the cage. There was a single diver inside the cage. He ended up outside the bottom of the cage, looking down on two great white sharks. The diver is a very experienced dive instructor, remained calm, and when the shark thrashed back outside the cage, the diver calmly swam back up and climbed out completely uninjured. The boat crew did an outstanding job, lifting the top of the cage, analyzing the frenzied situation, and the shark was out after a few long seconds. Everyone on the boat returned to the cages the next day, realizing this was a very rare event. The boat owner, captain, and crew are to be commended for making what could've been a tragic event into a happy ending. I'm sure God and luck had a bit to do with it too!
So it warms my heart to see that others feel the same way. “We'll be saying a big hello to all intelligent lifeforms everywhere and to everyone else out there, the secret is to bang the rocks together, guys.”
The largest cruise ship in the world - three times longer than the height of Big Ben (talk about windage!) - has arrived in Southampton after its maiden voyage. Harmony, really? Somehow a giant floating box doesn't conjure up the image of harmony in my mind. But that's just me, and what do I know? Not much.
Ah, yes, cruising the big blue with 6,410 guests and a crew of 2,100. We are all harmoniously humming "om," until we elbow our way for a place next to the pool.
I wonder how long I will have to wait in line to take the launch to shore so I can buy a tee-shirt or a coffee mug that says "Barcelona" on it? Mind you, the ship does have a 10 storey waterslide. That's fantastic!
A photographer captured the startling moment a great white shark burst out of the water opening its jaws just feet away from a cameraman. Australian filmmaker Dave Riggs snapped the dramatic image off the coast of Port Lincoln, Australia, while he was filming for Discovery Channel's Shark Week. The shark, almost 15ft in length, appeared for the once-in-a-lifetime shot after Dave had dipped his other camera into the water. Although the image appears aggressive - the shark, jaws wide open, has scratches and blood across its face - Dave said she was simply checking out the surroundings.
There are adrenaline junkies, and then, there are Adrenaline Junkies.These folks take that old biscuit, "Living Close To The Edge" to a whole new level.
"Overcoming fears, they step off into thin air and fly like birds, hurtling at impossible speeds and gliding across beautiful landscapes. A startling insight into the revolutionary sport that brings the dream of human flight alive."
How politically incorrect of you, Joe.Shouldn't it be Crew Overboard? F that! I'm sick of walking on eggshells.
Sorry for the ride around the lake. Now back to our story. Andrew Taylor was flung overboard while changing a sail on the foredeck of Derry~Londonderry~Doire' during Race 10 of the Clipper Round the World Race. His swim occurred midway between Qingdao, China, and San Francisco. Luckily for Andrew, he was wearing a drysuit and PFD. His recovery from the messy waters of the North Pacific was no mean feat. Poor Andrew spent about an hour and a half in the water. He was quite happy to be pulled back aboard to the safety of the boat. His skipper said,"...whilst clearly shocked, he is quite happy to be alive I think!" Ya think!
Yes boys and girls, the sea is not for the faint of heart. To quote the Swiss Boy Scout handbook, "Allzeit bereit!"