Shark Cage Diving
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I LOVE animals! By far and away one of my favourite parts of traveling is getting to see and meet some of our planets most incredible creatures in their native environments. We’ve had the opportunity to get up close and personal with several wonderful animals and these memories will forever be some of my best. Although animal tourism is a huge draw for me and so many others it’s important to remember that the most important thing is the animal and not your personal enjoyment as a tourist. If participating in this type of tourism you should always make sure to do your research first. Seek out the most responsible, natural and nonintrusive way to meet our planets animals. Never support exploitation even if it means a cheaper price tag and closer contact with the animal.
It has probably been my longest standing dream to cage dive with great whites. As a child I was absolutely obsessed with sharks and would take out every shark related book and video in the library over and over again. I can so clearly remember the many occasions on which I declared to my parents that I would absolutely cage dive with them one day. As I grew older my obsession slowly changed into a mixture of awe and fear and like most people who’ve ever seen Jaws I wonder what might be lurking in the water when I go for a dip in the ocean. Having lived in Perth, Western Australia during the last year when multiple people were killed by great whites within a period of a few months my fears were somewhat heightened.