Snorkeling - who has encountered a shark?

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#21
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While staying at a resort on St. Thomas, locals told us about "Charley", the resident 6 ft. barracuda. They said he wouldn't attack, but was very territorial, so stay out of his way, and that if you saw him to stay calm, don't splash or act panicked. No one seemed to be able to tell us where his territory was.

So, we're snorkeling along the shore in shallow water, with me ahead of husband, just admiring all the fish. Looked down and all of a sudden, there he was, just floating about 3 feet below me. I swear he was looking up at me and looked much bigger than 6 ft. Staying calm and still was very hard, but I just slowly pushed away, then tried to signal husband to go around. He spotted Charley like I had, so it all ended well. Without the prior warning, I don't know that we would have reacted as calmly as we did.
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During a stay (a long time ago) on St. John, USVI, I was snorkeling off a beach (Maho Bay). I had the company of a sand shark and a barracuda nearby. I snorkeled nearly every day for three weeks there and never saw creatures like them again, nor since! Smaller ones of course, like sea urchins, sea cucumbers, colorful fish, and beautiful coral. And as much as I enjoyed my waverunner excursion around Bora Bora, I don't like to think about what lies beneath!
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Shark? What shark?

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In Belize in November 2012 I dragged my office mate to shark ray alley off of caulker cay on a snorkel boat and we snorkled with nurse sharks and rays. I have probably snorkeled 100 times plus every where possible (Hawaii, Tahiti, northern and southern carib and northern and southern Great Barrier Reef Aus) and only once saw a non-ray shark before in the wild. (white tip less than three feet long at Dunk Island AUS). Got to say it was the highlight of the year if not the decade for me and she (Nanci) was scared witless especially when along came a six foot baracuda who was looking for lunch in the chum that the 10 or so nurse sharks were guzzling on. He was less than ten feet away looking at her looking at him and they both took off like bats out of he** in opposite directions. I wish I had a waterproof camera which of course I did not own at the time. (santa did bring me one this year though)

If you really want to see nurse sharks there are several companies outside of the cruise ships which set up snorkel trips in Belize with the nurse sharks. They are harmless unless you stick your hand in the chum tubes even though they are called ragged tooth in AUS for a reason.
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Originally posted by Keith1010
This is probably another reason why we don't snorkel. LOL.

Keith
The same with us ..
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Black tip reef shark was the coolest, never been bothered by a shark, lots of nurse sharks but they are often underneath something and not moving. Only once a sea turtle and would love to see that again!
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Only a nurse shark ....

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I've encountered sharks numerous times while snorkeling. The coolest was when I was on a whale shark tour. There were also a couple of manta rays there, too.

Manta ray from the surface



Whale sharks



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Originally posted by jlk806
Just curious who has encountered a shark while snorkeling? Or if not what was the coolest thing you saw and where?
We swam with sharks and stingrays at Shark Ray Alley in Belize. Awesome.
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a few critters from over the years

ship was stopped and crew was having swim call on the other side when I snapped this from the bridge


looking straight down from the bow . .



This is in the Gulf of Haiti ... near Port A Prince . . . somewhat out of place and unexpected . . IMO



Diving in the Keys, this guy would not leave me alone . .




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on a recent trip to Cayman I was diving at Eden Rock while there was a ton of snorkelers above me. I was checking out a good sized nurse shark that was just chill'n under an overhang such that the snork's could not see ... and laughing that if I goosed the shark into coming out I'd probably see all those snork's walk on water!!!!
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That must have been hard to resist!
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Originally posted by Kartgv
While staying at a resort on St. Thomas, locals told us about "Charley", the resident 6 ft. barracuda. They said he wouldn't attack, but was very territorial, so stay out of his way, and that if you saw him to stay calm, don't splash or act panicked. No one seemed to be able to tell us where his territory was.

So, we're snorkeling along the shore in shallow water, with me ahead of husband, just admiring all the fish. Looked down and all of a sudden, there he was, just floating about 3 feet below me. I swear he was looking up at me and looked much bigger than 6 ft. Staying calm and still was very hard, but I just slowly pushed away, then tried to signal husband to go around. He spotted Charley like I had, so it all ended well. Without the prior warning, I don't know that we would have reacted as calmly as we did.
I wonder if it was "Charley" or maybe a member of his family we met? Same idea, we were told there was a barracuda in the area. At one point I looked down, and there he was. Teeth and all! Freaked out my then 9 YO niece who was 1/2 back to the boat before I realized it. It's still the main thing she talks about when talking about her cruise. And she says it's one of her favorite memories.
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