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A little video flashback: in October 2012, I went to meet sharks in the blue of the Pacific Ocean, off Rangiroa, in Polynesia.
Sensation diving in Rangiroa
The Malaysian shark filmed in Sipadanin my previous post, reminded me of the Polynesian sharks. Yes, exactly one year ago, in October 2012, I was in Rangiroa... What memories!
I left the story of my Polynesian stay in the background... And I'm still rediscovering a lot of videos and photos that are sleeping in the bottom of my hard drive.
I continue on the "sharks" theme, with this unusual dive, done near the island of Rangiroa, following the "smelling" technique, which aims at attracting sharks by diffusing in the water a fishy smell (unlike "feeding" which consists in feeding them with bait).
I've put together a few clips in the little video montage below:
It is the excellent small center Y Aka Diving who organizes the outing.
The regulations require that smelling dives be made offshore, far enough from the pass and the island, so as not to disturb the behavior of the sharks.
A bonito is placed in a small cage, 15 meters under water. Its "smell" attracts the attention of the sharks, which come up from the depths and appear in the blue, a few meters away from us.
The instructions to our small group of four divers, equipped with cameras and stills: stay together underwater, always face the sharks, be attentive to the signs of Thomas, who guides the dive, and signals us each new shark that appears with a small discreet "ding" while banging on its tank.
Sensational dive, a bit dizzying... There is only blue all around and under our fins, no visual landmark, except the small dancing cage, connected to a buoy shaken by the swell on the surface.
The heart beats a little stronger, each time the shadow of a shark appears, in the infinite blue of the Pacific...
Several sharks will come around the cage, but only one will stay with us for a long time. A silky shark of quite a nice size, with a hook still attached to the corner of its mouth.
At the end of the dive, as we were slowly going back to the surface, watching the turns of this silky shark which is not intimidated by our bubbles, a dolphin suddenly appears and dances around us, before going away in the blue...
Nice epilogue for an exceptional dive.
Polynesia... to be continued!
I still have so many things to tell about Polynesia!!! This short stay in October 2012 led me to Tahiti, Maupiti, Rangiroa, Moorea…
I have already published several articles, which you can find at the end of this link:
Finally, to stay in the "sharks" theme, I invite you to discover at the end of the link below the video of my travel friend, who enjoyed an excursion to the well named Blue Lagoon, where she discovered the frenzy of black tip sharks. Unusual and spectacular!