Everyone has seen the movie Jaws, right? I have seen it in every case. Such an awesome movie, the shark looks so scary and big! In particularly its big mouth and teeth! I have seen all 4 though, but I must confess I developed a huge fear for sharks after seeing the movies. I was not able to see it again by myself, this is not a joke! (laugh) I have seen so many documentaries about the great white shark and it looks so dangerous!
Before I came to Cape Town, my friends recommended me to do the shark cage diving. I was shocked to hear that. Never in my life would I do that! Imagine something goes wrong? Imagine the shark eats you or something happens with the cage? You never know with wild animals, especially predators.
My trip to South Africa has been wonderful up until now. I have visited so many places and I have done so many things. My other fear are heights and I managed to face that fear. I have climbed Lion’s Head, Devil’s Peak and Woodstock Cave. I have been facing all my fears in Cape Town, so why not go for the shark cage diving? It took me a while to decide, but on the 21st of April I decided to go for it!
At 3:15 AM in the morning a minibus from Marine Dynamics came to pick me and other 9 people up. It took us 2 hours to get to Gansbaai. When we arrived there, a delicious breakfast was waiting for us. We received all the necessary information through a video. At 7 AM we launched from the Kleinbaai harbour. Once I saw the boat, I immediately thought about the movie. It looked a bit similar. I could hear the song of the soundtrack in my head.
I started to get scared. Once on the boat we headed straight towards Jubertsdam. I was a little afraid because I was sitting very close to the open sea. Imagine the shark comes into the boat and bites me??? Where did I get myself into?!
The boat stopped and I knew it was TIME! I was screaming in my head OMG!! I was soooo frightened! This is not a joke! (LOL) I put on my wetsuit and that was quite a struggle. But that would keep me warm once I got into the water.
I got a little bit seasick as well. What a mess! The staff of Marine Dynamics was very helpful and kind though. After 2 hours, we were lucky to see the first shark. I decided to go first, together with 7 other people. The cage looked very scary but it was definitely safe. I just went for it.
So, then it happened, I saw the great white shark!!!! Very cool and dope! What an amazing animal. I was fascinated by it! The way it moves in the water is so cool! I could not believe it. I was seeing Jaws!!! (LOL) This shark was 3 meters long. We were lucky to see 4 sharks in total. YAYYYY!
It’s totally different when you see the animal in real life. The information you hear about it is also very interesting. I can tell you that my opinion about the great white shark has changed completely. You should definitely do this once in your life. YOLO!
This experience has been one of my best experiences ever. I faced my fear and I did it! I’m very proud of myself! I would like to thank Marine Dynamics for this wonderful opportunity!