Today we were granted a free day so me and 4 other students decided to go shark cage diving. After seeing youtube videos on this place, I was very hesitant, but all and all, I'm still alive!! We left our place around 9:30 to take a two hour drive to the great white shark capital of Africa. After a small orientation type thing, we were off to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The workers explained to us that they are "eco-friendly" and marine biologists, and they do research on the sharks as we're trying to see them up close. They explained it is not in any way detrimental to the sharks (which was good to hear since a member of our group decided to worry me and say it was harmful...). It is also not the great white shark season and I was worried that we wouldn't see any out there, but I was quite wrong. After waiting for our turn, I started getting antsy because no sharks were coming and I decided to cool off in the water. A staff member said it was okay, so I climbed into the cage by myself with only half my wet suit on and took a little dip. 2 minutes later, I was surrounded by three workers saying "close the top, close the top, there's a shark!!" I freaked out, had enough time to get my wetsuit all the way up, and there indeed, in a matter of seconds swam a great white shark. It was real scary once you're in the cage...but I am soo happy I did it. We met some pretty sweet people along the way too. And after getting off the boat I realized my skin was awfully painful. I have NEVER been this sunburned in my life. I feel like a lobster and look like one too. 15 sunblock does not protect against the African sun...and I'm just hoping this goes away REALLY soon. Ouch.
It was a great day off! And mom, I'm not missing any fingers.
Peace & Love from Cape Town.