Monday, September 1

swimming with the sharkies

saturday morning was beautiful.
we meet up with our friends the smiths in haleiwa, got on a boat, and motored 3 miles outside the harbor. then we stopped. right about then sharks started to come to the boat. and right about then i got a little nervous.
galapagos sharks come when they hear the motors of the boats for a free meal, have been doing it for years.  skipper chip showed us how to get in the cage "the most dangerous part" (you sure about that?), we got in, and they let out the ropes.  i didn't realize they did that, it was weird to not be right by the boat.and i am not going to lie, as soon as i got in and looked down and saw a shark swim beneath me, i kinda tripped out and it took me a good minute for two before my breathing got normal again.  white knuckles for sure
but they really are amazingly beautiful animals.  had i been out surfing or swimming and saw a shark i think i would really freak out, but since we were more or less going out to their realm it wasn't too bad.
there were a few sharks with hooks in their mouths. i love this picture.
but they did keep you on your toes.  every time i would look one direction out of the corner of my eye i would see more in another direction so i was constantly swimming in circles looking all around, and my arms and or butt was always getting bumped out of the bars on the cage so that was fun.
i really wish this picture was in focus, it would have been so cool to catch him taking a big bite.
and to think i had to bend his arm to get him to go
it really was an amazing experience and we had so much fun.  thanks again smiths for the invite!and to prove we weren't traumatized, we surfed that afternoon and i didn't think about sharks once.  as opposed to after watching shark week last year, which got to me for months...
and on this note, i think i am going to take the week off from blogging- except to update about fridays beach destination.  where do you gals want to go????

17 comments:

Smiths said...

Glad we all lived to tell the tale. Ol' Captain Hook was probably my favorite shark.

I guess Alissa hasn't seen Shipmate Chip yet, but will get the mask to you as soon as we can. Hope you don't mind me stealing some pictures since we have a problem remembering to document once in a lifetime events.

Jen C. said...

Wow, you guys definitely have more guts than I do! What an amazing experience and one that I'm sure you'll never forget.

Mahina said...

what a great day! sounds perfectly wonderful! that's not something everyone gets to do! i think that would eb such a trip!

liko said...

how about haleiwa beach park?? that way, maybe we can get a glimpse of some sharkies, too...haha, just kidding! looks like you all had such a fun time! sunset? castles? kekela? i'm up for anything, as usual...

Missy said...

Get out Ashley. This was a great post, although I sort of, maybe, had white knuckes on my mouse just reading about it.

Jen said...

I was holding my breath the ENTIRE TIME I was reading this.


Okay, I can breathe now!

Glad you made it back in one piece.

Stephanie J. Robertson said...

wow! when i was first reading this i was like, hey that's pretty cool. they saw sharks. all in a days work... and then i actually thought about it when you said you freaked out for a bit and i freaked out a little too! i cant even imagine being that close on purpose! you've got guts- that is so cool!

Autumn said...

Ok I didn't swim with the sharks, but for some reason after reading your post this morning, I thought about them the whole time I was surfing! Ha! Ha!

Katie said...

You guys are so brave. Sharks are beautiful, but I prefer to see them at aquariums. I don't really even like them on shark week - because I think about it too much afterward. :) What a neat experience!

Keli'i and Megan said...

All I have to say is, "NO THANKS!" I am already terrified...don't need to add to that phobia...like spiders...ewww! Not that sharks aren't facinating...and beautiful...I just believe in giving them their space. It's worked for me, so far! Brave little girl, you are!

Kari said...

ok so first things first...I'm so jealous you still have boobs after two kids. Mine are so totally gone! And your stomach looks great! You're such a punk.

Great story and shark pictures! I live vicariously through you and all of your fun beach days and adventures!

Brie said...

you are wicked brave...seriously, thats so awesome..can i have your autograph?

In.A.Nutshell said...

so .... that's really cool.

i keep thinking i wanna do it, but don't know if i have the guts. so way to go woman. yep, way to go.

tonya said...

You guys are so crazy! I really think you might be the hippest chick I know.

Jennelle said...

I wanted to do that before we left but it just never happened =o( Looks like fun!

maryam said...

im scared enough just looking at the pictures. you brave soul.

Lindsay said...

So fun! Danny and I did that a couple of times, and we loved it. The last time, which was like a year ago, there was a baracuda hanging out there, which could have easily gotten through the cage but nobody seemed too concerned about it.