Swimming with the Bimini Hammerheads

I remember it like it was yesterday. The dive captain yelled "well, who wants to go first?" Without hesitation I stepped up and jumped in. You could see the dark gray outlines from a top the boat, but that was nothing compared to once you were in the water. The clear, calm waters of Bimini Bahamas was the perfect setting for the first thing I crossed off my bucket list in 2017, swimming with hammerhead sharks. 

I love sharks. I've always been intrigued and enamored with them rather than fearful. They are so beautiful. 

I chose Bimini because it was a really easy flight from Florida, and pretty much has daily sightings of sharks December through March.  I stayed at a yoga center on the island and rode over to Bimini Scuba Center. It was about a 20 minute boat ride off the South side end of Bimini. A few marine biologists had been on an earlier dive and said there were three down there. Apparently there are a few regular hammerheads that frequent the waters. 

As I said before, I was the first one in the water. There was a back line off the boat that we used to descend down to the instructors feeding the sharks.  There was a sense of calmness once I made it to the bottom The hammerheads swayed from side to side checking out the surroundings. They were obviously drawn into the bait but they didn't go for anything else. If can be perfectly honest with you, in my opinion they were the biggest puppy dogs I've ever experienced.  It makes me sad to see that the media tries to strike such fear into everyone regarding sharks. Of course I wouldn't go trying to spoon a great white, or bull shark, but all in all, this Apex predator is fairly docile.  And they are so vital to the health and well being of the oceans. I hope that when you look at these images you see beauty, grace, and elegance. That's what they are and they totally deserved to be treated that way. And with that I will leave you with a quote , "What's scarier than an ocean with sharks? And ocean without them"