Swimming With Sharks
Which means tomorrow is Saturday, and the start of some holiday time.
I’m hopping a plane down to Nassau, Bahamas, in the morning to visit with an old college friend and his wife, and to do some scuba diving (my first dive trip since last year this time, whereupon I was down in Grand Cayman).
I was last in The Bahamas in December, 2001, stopping off for a day port there with the rest of my family while I was on a cruise.
This time around, I’ll be going a little more native, staying with my friends, and also spending much of the week on the island of Eleuthera.
Eleuthera is an island in The Bahamas that sits about 50 miles east of Nassau. Here’s a picture:
The population of Eleuthera is around 8,000, and according to Wikipedia, the name of the island is derived from the Greek ελεύθερος , meaning “free.”
While in Nassau, my friends talked me into going on the Stuart Cove "Extreme Shark Adventure,” a series of two dives which will allow us to get up close and personal with some Caribbean Reef Sharks.
I’m told the sharks will have had their breakfast. On the second dive, they’ll be feeding them some brunch while the rest of we divers hang on the bottom of the ocean floor at around the 50 foot level.
We’ll also be engaging in a “free swim” with the sharks along one of the gorgeous Bahamian walls.
I’m very much looking forward to swimming with all the creatures in The Bahamian waters, even as I pray for the great variety of sea creatures in the Gulf of Mexico and an imminent end to the flood of gushing oil.
It looks as though any of my own plans for the Texas Redneck Riviera for this summer will be dashed – I’m just hopeful that those who make their livelihoods off the Gulf (the shrimpers, fishermen, tourist firms, and yes, even the oil workers) are able to get back to work and soon, and that the impact is minimal to to the sea life in the Gulf.
But currently, the situation looks grim.
I’ll likely not be blogging much over the next week, although I may have to make a guest vacation appearance to relate my experience with the sharks.
Otherwise, I’ll look forward to writing again soon when I’m back on May 24th.
Until then, feel free to pray for all the Caribbean Reef Sharks near Nassau to have some very full bellies before I arrive on the scene on Sunday!