Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sharks of Fiji

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Shark Defenders got in a few dives with Mike Neumann at Beqa Adventure Divers in Pacific Harbour, Fiji last week.  Coming face to face with 3-meter bull sharks is something every diver should aspire to do some day.

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The bull sharks hang out at the "arena" at about 100 feet, where Mike's able staff feed the sharks yellowfin tuna heads discarded from the local fishing fleet.  The sharks are trained to come in from the left, then they swim around for another round.  There were probably about 50 bull sharks on our first dive.

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After about 17 minutes at depth we floated up towards the reef and saw grey reef sharks and blacktip reef sharks.  During our decompression stop it was blacktip reef sharks and whitetip reef sharks.  Our second dive was all bull sharks, with a spattering of giant trevallies for good measure.

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A big thanks to Mike and the BAD team for an exhilarating, yet safe, dive.

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