Swimming with Sharks

This was one of the best days ever! I got to go snorkeling with sharks (again). Usually I’ll get to 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 there. (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 kayaking 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 and 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…

69 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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  3. Ok I’m super impressed… I went snorkelling once where there were itty bitty little shark-type fish (only 60 cms long or so) and I was pretty itty bitty scared… even though I love animals! Beautiful photographs; your friend is a good’un! And you look like a mermaid btw! πŸ§œβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜ŠπŸŒŠ

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    • Aw thank you so much ❀️ what a huge compliment!
      yes greatest friend ever πŸ˜„πŸ˜„
      These local sharks here are not dangerous. I’d bet you’d like them. I’ve taken quite a few friends with me and most… πŸ€” okay… some… a few! 🀣 end up really liking the experience.
      Last time a went I decided to stay completely still and before long they just peacefully surrounded me like I was part of the pack. Really great experience.

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    • πŸ˜‰ I go about once a week. These sharks are the peaceful kind. Great whites? No way!!! πŸ˜„
      Thanks for checking it out again. Grateful πŸ’•

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  4. Sorry, but swimming with sharks would totally freak me out! Apex predators and all that. I know, objectively, that certain sharks–like nurse sharks, leopard sharks, a few others–are highly unlikely to harm humans, except in self-defense. But I’ve seen “Jaws” one too many times to be comfy with sharks in the water.

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    • Haha.. aw thanks πŸ˜‰β€οΈ They are leopard sharks and I’m not sure what the one that’s nicknamed Cute Shark is. So they’re pretty harmless and just mesmerizing. I can’t get enough of visiting them πŸ˜ƒπŸ’•

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      • Leopard sharks, cool name! I’ve only gone snorkeling a couple of times but it is wonderful to spend time in a magical underwater world. No sharks though!

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        • Yes it is that exactly, magical!
          I wouldn’t want to swim around most sharks either but the leopards are pretty cool πŸ˜‰β€οΈ The rays are what’s really scary!

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  5. HI, Susanne! Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post on the dangers of snow shoveling. Obviously, if you are snorkeling in the Pacific, you don’t have to worry about shoveling snow. Very much enjoyed your post on diving around the sharks. I hope you are right that they are harmless. It keeps running through my head, “famous last words.” Best of luck under water!

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    • Haha.. I promise… harmless πŸ˜‡πŸ¦ˆβ€οΈ Snow shoveling is definitely way more dangerous!! πŸ€”
      No snow right where I live but it’s close. Only about 40 minutes away in the mountains.
      Thanks ❀️

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