Swimming with Sharks

This was one of the best days ever! I got to go snorkeling with sharks (again). Usually I’ll see one maybe two, but this time there were an abundance of them as you can see in the video above and it was just amazing.

No tour, just out in the open ocean with a (very kind) friend brave enough to be just as crazy as I am! Just kidding, these sharks are harmless and pretty shy. They were between 5 to 6 feet and I had to chase them around… not the other way. They are leopard sharks and there was one other kind which I’m not sure what was, but I think it’s the one locals call “Cute Shark”. As with any wild animal, be respectful and they’ll be respectful to you. If you start grabbing them they will defend themselves.
Please excuse the poor photo quality of this post. They were shot mainly with underwater cameras.

I love snorkeling and do it as often as I can. It’s so peaceful and every time I go I experience something completely different. My favorite spot to go snorkeling is La Jolla Cove, but if you’re looking for sharks, then this is not the best place. I’ve only ever spotted one here. (You will see a whole lot of sea lions though.) Instead head to La Jolla Shores, park in the large lot and walk south. You’ll see an area where a bunch of kayak schools venture out, pass them, and start going out in the water. The best time to go is during mating season which is early June through October, but you can spot them year round. I’ve seen the most during August and September. The video above was shot in September.

The sharks are there because the water is really warm during those months, but warmer water also means stingrays. There are a lot and they can be pretty big! They are much more intimidating and scary than the sharks to me.

A few things…
Shuffle your feet as you go in the water. The stingrays are everywhere. Those stings really hurt!
-Go prepared. Learn from locals, stop and ask the local dive shops or lifeguard towers for tips and advice.
-Bring a diving knife. The sea grass can be really long and if the waves are strong you or your friends can get tangled in it.
-Try to swim near lifeguards.
-Always swim with friends, never alone.

Never miss a sunset…

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44 Comments on “Swimming with Sharks

    • Haha.. love it. That shark you have in the photo is kind of cute πŸ˜‰πŸ˜„πŸ˜³
      J/k. That was quite a scary dream/ hallucination. I definitely wouldn’t swim with sharks like that. These ones here are pretty peaceful. I have to chase them around! πŸ˜„πŸ˜‡

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      • Oh, that would be a better dream Susanne….. My dream coincided with the huge fever’s and headaches I was having this time last, when I was suffering from a terrible mystery virus, that put in hospital for months, and sadly when eventually I got, I then suffered a stroke,… So the shark was a sort of a reality dream…. I’m home these days and almost back to normal… πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜πŸ’›πŸ€—

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        • I’m so sorry to hear that! But amazing that you’re recovering. How long ago did that happen? My father had a stroke too and didn’t recover fully. It’s really scary how ones life can change so much so sudden. β€οΈπŸ™πŸ»πŸ€—

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  1. So good to see you off on another adventure Madam.. πŸ™‚
    Please be safe, the sting of the stingrays might even be fatal..
    I went for snorkeling in Singapore.. Saw some large blue polka dotted fish.. looked great, but oh wait, they flashed their large knife like teeth.. Just escaped like a torpedo.. πŸ˜› I know they might have been harmless, but was in no mood to take such risks.. πŸ˜›

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    • Thank you! Yes it’s a really incredible feeling being there with them. Peaceful. I never thought I’d be doing anything like this. Now I’m addicted πŸ˜³πŸ˜„

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  2. That’s pretty amazing. I used to love snorkeling until my eyes got too bad to see without glasses and I don’t wear contacts. It is a whole other world under water!

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    • I’m so sorry to hear that! I wonder if those full face snorkeling masks allow for glasses? πŸ€”
      But thank you! And yes, I love that world so much too. It’s so peaceful and the way the sea grasses move … ah, I just can’t get enough.

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