Every time I have an underwater encounter, it’s a magical experience. It’s essentially diving into a different world filled with incredible sights and animals. I’m scared; no that’s an understatement. I’m petrified. I know so little about the dangers and beauties of the ocean. Although it has always been a huge part of my life, I fear what could kill me, bite me, or I guess even swim near me. Not all fears are rational, but that doesn’t make them go away. It’s this feeling of uncertainty and discovery that draws me back time and time again to the ocean. Over the last two years, I’ve had five remarkable underwater encounters including swimming with schools of fish, dolphins, beluga whales, whale sharks, and manta rays. Each encounter was uniquely amazing and life-changing. Each encounter has given me a new perspective and encouragement to continue learning about the magical world underwater.
Encounter Number One: Snorkeling with large schools of fish in Hawaii
Encounter Number Two: Swimming with dolphins in Hawaii
Encounter Number Three: Swimming with beluga whales at Sea World
Encounter Number Four: Swimming with whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium
Encounter Number Five: Night snorkeling with manta rays in Hawaii
I still haven’t gone open-water diving with sharks, cage diving with sharks, or snorkeling/diving at the Great Barrier Reef – all are on the list though. What other underwater encounters should top the list? Which ones top yours?