Disappearing Blue Sharks

Years ago I went on my first shark dive off the coast of San Diego.  We went about 15-miles off the coast of Point Loma.  We chummed the water and slowly stared down the oily path the chum made as it drifted with the current.  It wasn’t long before we saw the first fin slowly and gracefully making its way up the chum trail towards the boat hoping for an easy meal.  Time to suit up!  The lead divers put on their chain mesh suits.  The cages were already in the water bobbing in the increasing chop of the water.  Once the dive leaders kicked over to the cage and slowly let the air out of the side chambers so they sank and the orange buoys up top would keep the cage where it needed to be (15 feet below the surface) for our best view of the Blue Sharks.

The shark cage just after being launched from the boat.

The shark cage just after being launched from the boat.

The lead divers guided one diver at a time from the boat to the cage…they held small sticks they could use should a blue get to curious.  All it took was a little tap on the nose and they would turn quickly and swim away.  It wasn’t a dangerous dive by any means.  Blues are really mellow sharks and they are incredibly beautiful to watch.  They are like supermodels on the ocean runway…sleek, graceful, and just plain good looking (is it weird to say a shark is good looking?).

A Blue Shark comes in for a closer look.

A Blue Shark comes in for a closer look.

More blues showed up and eventually I was escorted down to the cage by my baton wielding, chain mesh suit wearing dive leader to watch them swim around the cage.  We were even able to feed them mackerel from the cage which I thought was pretty cool.  How often do you get to feed sharks with your bare hands in the open ocean?

Feeding the Blue Shark

Feeding the Blue Shark

I had so much fun on this dive I wanted to go again as soon as I could manage.  It wasn’t until 2 years later I went again and this time I went with my brother Rob and my friend Thorsten.  Conditions were not as good, which I thought was one of the reasons we only saw one Blue Shark the entire day.  But it wasn’t about the conditions I was told by the diver operator.  They were going to stop doing the Blue Shark dives because the blues were just not around any more because of the finning.  It was the first time I actually saw the impact we could have on a species.  It was heartbreaking…especially because it was really just about the fin and nothing else.  The fisherman would just cut off the fins, throw the sharks back into the water and let them slowly spin out of control to the bottom of the ocean.

Curious Blue Shark

A curious Blue.

I’d love to do a Blue Shark dive again soon.  And next time I hope we can barely get to the cage because there are just too many sharks to swim through.  They are without a doubt one of the more beautiful and graceful sharks in the ocean.  Go Blue!

Peering into the cage.

Some organization doing positive things to bring the Blue back:

Save the Blue

Save our Seas

Shark Trust

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