A Canadian Halloween in Australia: Sharks!
Port Lincoln, South Australia
Due to the fact that Australians don't celebrate Halloween we decided to do something scary on our own this weekend: Shark Cage Diving! We left Friday morning with the tent on the car and drove the 7 hours to Port Lincoln at the bottom of the Eyre Peninsula to go cage diving bright and early Saturday Morning.
The taxi picked us up at 6:20 am and took us to the marina to board our Cage Diving boat, the Calypso 2. It was a very rough ride out to the Neptune Islands, a shark sanctuary kept safe by the South Australian Government. Many people on board were getting quite sick and I even felt a bit nauseous and had to head to the back of the boat to get some fresh air. The crew said the swell was 3 metres, but it felt a lot higher!
We dropped anchor amongst the seals of the Neptune Islands and the crew did a brief safety talk...essentially keep your arms in the cage...it's not worth the paperwork to lose one. After that it was group 1 in the water; we were group 2!
We got into our 7 ml wetsuits as the water was quite cold. After a few puffs on the regulator to try to breathe, it was on with the weight belts and into the cage to get up close with these bus-sized eating machines.
I was the first one in, then Leanne (who took a bit of time to get used to the idea of not breathing real air) and then Layla came in with a flourish and was ready to watch these monstrous creatures swim within centimeters of our faces.
After 45 minutes with the sharks we got out, had a warm shower and got dried off so all of the others on the boat could have a go. It was a great day all around, especially watching the sharks go after the bait while on the deck of the boat. There was even one seal that escaped the jaws of a Great White right in front of us.
We got back into the harbour at 7:30 and headed back to the tent with some Dominoes Pizza exhausted after an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime day!