Bleeding between the sharks

Trip Start Oct 03, 2012
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Trip End Feb 28, 2013


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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Today is D-day good people. I'm finally going to dive on the Great Barier Reef! And not just one dive... No I'm doing a live a board tour of two days and one night with seven dives including one nightdive, pretty awesome right! On the first day we're doing three dives on two different reefs. On my first dive I run in to a really big fish called Wally. Wally is a bit of an attention seeker and not camera shy at all. I must say it is very impressive to touch such a big fish and sort of hold it. On my other dives I see all kinds of interesting fish and some turtles as well. On my third dive me and my two dive buddies managed to drift away 100 meters from the boat and were not able to swim into the strong current to reach the boat again.. A little speedboat had to come and
pick us up haha.
When it turns dark we get ready for our nightdive. Even before entering the water lots of fish and sharks are attracted to the lights from the boat and they swirl around on the surface. We're divided into small groups of four to five persons per dive master, which is quite a lot for a  nightdive if you ask me. Our dive master is a young German guy and he takes us under his wing. I am not nervous at all, actually I'm pretty excited since this is my first nightdive and can't
wait to see what the ocean is like during nighttime! Daydives are very nice and the sea and it's marine life seem like an easy going boulevard road, but during night everything changes and the ocean turns into a busy highway! The fish that were sleeping at daytime now have turned into active predators hunting for smaller fish while daytime hunters are sleeping now. We're  surrounded by lots of fish and sharks. No worries, the sharks are small, only 1 to 1,5 meters. Being under water at nighttime with limited vision feels extremely exciting and is definitely one of the coolest things I have ever done! I can keep on describing how amazing this feels but this
simply is something you have to experience yourselves to fully understand it. So instead I'll describe some of the things I experienced under water during nighttime. Have you ever seen a sleeping turtle? No? Well now I have and that is a funny sight. At one point I shine my light into the distance and I really thought I saw a bigger shark this time.. In a split second the creature is gone. I guess I'll never know. When we reach a part with a sandy bottom, our German dive master wants us to sit down on the sand. Too bad he's not really able to make this clear to the group and we get confused. I shine my light around and under me to see if it is safe to sit down. That's a no go, there is a big reef with hard coral 30 cm's behind me. Suddenly our German dive master wants me to sit down and without a notice he pushes me down which resulted in me hitting the coral with my knee. What kind of a dive master pulls that shit of! What a douchebag! Coral wounds can be nasty and my knee hurts pretty bad. When I shine my light on my knee I see it's bleeding. Very nice, a bleeding knee during a nightdive surrounded by sharks.. what else! Allthough I am still really pissed off by Mr. Arschloch, I should better focus on my diving. This is no time to panic, so I manage to keep it cool and finish my dive without being chased by sharks. WOW! That was quite an adventure guys! 
After my nightdive I think I deserve a beer, and together with some dive buddies we talk about our experiences. A South-Korean dive master explains us the lyrics of the famous 'Oppan Gangnam Style' song by PSY, which is quite hilarious because the Korean guy hardly speaks english and just tries to explain it with hand signals and the corresponding dance moves.
The next day we get to make another three dives which were very good as well. This has been a very amazing and good experience for me. It allowed me to improve my dive skills, sleep on a boat on the ocean and dive in the dark. Without doubt one of the biggest highlights of my Australia trip!
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