I’m not sure who caught the first glimpse of the shadowy creature on the outskirts of where all visibility was lost but there was something out there and it was fast and big. The blues noticed very quickly and swam away. The water was empty around us and the dive masters realized something was going on and came in closer to the cage. Just a watery emptiness..an impactful stillness that we all knew would lead to something. We all just floated and tried to find the creature who had changed the environment so quickly with its presence. There it was again. It was just so fast. You would follow it for a moment and then it would change direction and dart the other way. Then as it faded out of the unknown and into our world we could see it was a shark. Wait…was this a Great White…are we seriously going to luck out and see a White on a trip where we were hoping to get lucky with Blues? It had the shape of a Great White but they’re large and lumbering…steady and methodical. This shark was fast, unpredictable and dangerously nervous. At least that’s what it felt like when watching it. There was no telling where it would go next and when it went after the larger chunks of chum it would hit them hard and then turn and go after another one then slip off again into the unknown leaving behind an uneasy stillness. The dive masters were right to come close to the cage. I don’t think they wanted to test out the chain mesh on a big shark looking for an easy meal. Everything about them was different than the Blue. It acted like a shark on PCP…or at least what I would imagine a shark would do if it were on PCP. A little crazy. A little erratic. They don’t know their own strength. They move fast but don’t seem to have a distinct pattern. They are sketchy and make you feel uneasy. It was a Mako.
As quickly as the Mako had come into our serene world it had gone. We all looked at one another including the dive masters. We smiled. We gave thumbs up. We put our hands above our head and did the whole Jimmy Buffet “fins to the right and fins to the left” dance. Some of the stupid things you do when you are scuba diving and can’t verbalize so you have to act out. We had a nice surprise out in the wild ocean. A special guest appearance from a beautiful and wild Mako Shark. It was a good dive!