Swimming with Danger

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// Part 5 of 7 //

As opposed to my first swimming with sharks 🦈 experience, the newest adventure was less adrenaline charged..

The first encounter 8 years ago was absolutely unplanned, and definitely wasn’t included in the Great Barrier Reef diving package😳 ‼️

We were told that we might spot turtles 🐢, but never warned about the possibility of getting cosy with the dreaded white tip shark🦈 😱!

“You were lucky!” smiled the guy on the boat once he learned about the incident… And I’ll always wonder what he meant by that…Is it because sharks were uncommon in this area or because we made it back unharmed ?!🤔

I genuinely regret that I didn’t dwell on his” lucky “ back then and inquired further about its real meaning. Well, I was breathless – quite normal given the circumstances…the adrenaline rush helped me rush back 🏊‍♂️ to the boat and achieve a speed record..My only concern at that moment was to regulate my heartbeat which had gone wild, my ❤️ suddenly a war drum beating a mad rhythm 🥁 😧

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It’s a Wild Wild World

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// Part 4 of 7 //

Off the Riviera Maya, while snorkelling in the waters of the second largest coral reef between the “butterflies of the oceans” – stingrays – I felt overwhelmed by a feeling of sadness triggered by the following thought… I realised I ❤️ all creatures except the Homo Sapiens found in my birth country: the rulers and those electing them…the greedy and corrupt as well as the ignorants and bigots who put them in power…

The maligned animals of prey hunt out of hunger, ONLY…if they were to duplicate those Homo Sapiens’ greedy and auto-destructive behaviour, many species would have been extinct by now…

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After reflection, I realised I didn’t feel that way during the previous encounters with the animals in their natural habitat…

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On the contrary, I had some of the most exhilarating experiences while scuba diving in the beautiful Great Barrier Reef 🇦🇺 ( crossed paths with a white tip shark 🦈 )

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in the Maldives 🇲🇻

and in Sharm El Sheikh 🇪🇬…

Ditto on terra firma during our safari in South Africa 🇿🇦 

as well in Madagascar’s tropical rainforest 🇲🇬

and again in the Andes mountains in Peru’s Alto Plano 🇵🇪

and lately in Costa Rica’s cloud forest 🇨🇷 …

My moodiness must have been induced by the elections taking place at the time in my birth country…this charade had affected me despite the disttance…