SNORKELING! SHARKS AND SCARY MARINE LIFE!

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    Sep 04, 2009 9:18 PM GMT
    I LOVE to snorkel. It is my number 1 athletic outdoor activity. I dont just float in one spot I swim all over until I'm exausted.

    Whenever I go I jump right in and go for it. I stay in for hours sometimes. My friends however are sometimes a little nervous.

    Soooo I'm curious:

    Do you love to snorkel or are you afraid of sharks, Barracuda, Jelly fish, Sting Rays etc.

    I have seen a few sharks, TONS of Barracuda (some almost as big as me). A barracuda even chased me right out of the water LOL! I've seen manta rays the size of me and eel.

    Will you expose yourself to such sea beasts?icon_twisted.gif
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    Sep 04, 2009 10:10 PM GMT
    sxydrkhair saidI never snorkel in the ocean before. I have in the pool with my friends and family. I think it will be nice to snorkel in the ocean and see all kind of fishes. I know in Florida there so many ocean you can go to. There is a water amusement park in Florida that have people swim around the fishes. So beautiful and I want to go ;-)


    Well start looking at jobs here like we talked about! I'll take you all over man! That park is called Discovery Cove. Its by Sea World.
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    Sep 04, 2009 10:49 PM GMT
    I went snorkelling in Puerto Vallarta for the first time ever this past April. The water wasn't clear, I did see a few fish but it wasn't that great. The group snorkelled through a cave and about 90% of them got stung by jellyfish LOL. I'm lucky I didn't! It was a horrible experience. I would love to do it maybe in Cancun or some other place where the water is less Pacific and more tropical.
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    Sep 05, 2009 2:56 AM GMT
    Like snorkelling, but am more into Scuba Diving. Love swimming close to the ocean floor. Would want to get my PADI certification done soon.
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    Sep 05, 2009 3:10 AM GMT
    I LOVE to snorkel. I've seen small sharks and several barracudas but they don't really scare me. Unless you try feeding them or are fishing there's little chance of them doing anything to you. They'll usually just stare at you for a long time and then swim off.
  • jrs1

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    Sep 05, 2009 3:15 AM GMT

    I would snorkel ... but I am terrified of sharks, barracudas and the like.
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    Sep 05, 2009 4:36 AM GMT
    dude since the snorkeling wasnt good in puerto rico...next time u come here I will take you here. Some gorgeous spots. Watch the Singer Island video on my profile.
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    Sep 05, 2009 4:38 AM GMT
    Shnextdoor saidLike snorkelling, but am more into Scuba Diving. Love swimming close to the ocean floor. Would want to get my PADI certification done soon.
    thats ny next goal...how long will it take and approx how much? U afraid of any of the agressive creatures out there?
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    Sep 05, 2009 4:41 AM GMT
    getfitrick said
    I would snorkel ... but I am terrified of sharks, barracudas and the like.
    oh cmon....you lived here ...you wouldnt give it a shot on singer island with me next time youre back?

  • Sep 05, 2009 8:08 AM GMT
    i gone in hawaii twice and it was pretty awesome.. at the same time however, it was kind of scary.. I will make sure i snorkel if i visit florida, but someone will have to hold my hand.
  • ursa_minor

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    Sep 05, 2009 8:38 AM GMT
    i love snorkeling! i just dont wanna see fishes as big as me.
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    Sep 05, 2009 9:04 AM GMT
    Hrmm Here in Australia we have all of those in great supply....especially sharks!! however I want to live my life and if that means risking being eaten by said shark then so be it! icon_wink.gif
  • SeanTRNJ

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    Sep 05, 2009 9:15 AM GMT
    I went snorkelling in the keys once and also got chased out of the water.. and onto the boat icon_eek.gif by a very irate barracuda. near the Christ statue in Pennecamp (spelling?) state park. Saw these long silver fish swimming by ahead of me then one of them turned and started heading for me... was not happy to have caught it's attention at all icon_redface.gif
  • Nef_Pop

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    Sep 05, 2009 1:08 PM GMT
    I loooove to snorkel! Growing up my family owned a boat and we would always go out into the Persian Gulf and snorkel/dive cause we lived in Saudi Arabia, the water was always a nice temperature (probably to warm for most people but I loved it). But I haven't seen any sharks yet anywhere icon_sad.gif which I'm kind of upset about haha I have seen some huge barracuda though

    But I definitely do the same, I can spend hours swimming around. I actually have a cool story about the last time I went snorkeling. I just went to Hanauma Bay in Honolulu for Spring Break and it was so amazing, I was snorkeling with my friends and everyone except me and one other person got tired and decided to go take a break. Well I asked my friend if he wanted to keep going out further cause the further out you went the less people, but he said he was scared to go to the other side of the reef cause it was deep and there might be bigger yadda yadda yadda.

    So I went by myself and not only were there so many more fish but I saw a sea turtle!!! I was so excited I could barely handle my underwater camera. But I have a picture in my profile of it lol but it was pretty cool cause it just floated around not really doing anything and didn't mind me swimming near it, it was pretty sweet.
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    Sep 05, 2009 1:15 PM GMT
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    Sep 05, 2009 1:46 PM GMT
    I DO!
    Shit loads of fun!

    Did some snorkeling down in Cancun and Panama!

    Panama was BY far the best!! I seen shark, chased an eel (mainly to get a picture which didn't turn out), and almost grabbed a starfish which apparently was poisons (never knew they existed).

    I'd like to get into more scuba tho!!
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    Sep 05, 2009 5:52 PM GMT
    I love snorkelling

    Can't get enough of it.

    I've only ever seen a barracuda once, while snorkelling in the Bahamas.

    It's absolutely marvellous!
  • bchbum

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    Sep 05, 2009 5:56 PM GMT
    Snorkeling is okay. Diving is a lot more fun! I lived in Okinawa for three years, and got PADI certified. It took about 2 weeks there. However, you can do it in less than a week if you do it someplace like Costa Rica. Afraid of the sealife...of course. But, most of them are afraid of you as well. I've only seen one shark, it was a small black tip, and it wouldn't let me get anywhere near it. I have been diving when their was a tiger shark in the vicinity, but, I didn't see it. Thank God, I would have shit all over myself. I do have to say that diving in the States really sucks. I went to the keys when I moved back to the states...only 30' of visibility, and that was considered a good day. Besides the Keys, I've only been diving in Okinawa, Thailand, and Costa Rica. Okinawa was by far the best place. A bad day of diving there was visibility of 30-50'. All I have to say, is Get Certified! You won't regret it.
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    Sep 05, 2009 5:58 PM GMT
    bchbum saidSnorkeling is okay. Diving is a lot more fun! I lived in Okinawa for three years, and got PADI certified. It took about 2 weeks there. However, you can do it in less than a week if you do it someplace like Costa Rica. Afraid of the sealife...of course. But, most of them are afraid of you as well. I've only seen one shark, it was a small black tip, and it wouldn't let me get anywhere near it. I have been diving when their was a tiger shark in the vicinity, but, I didn't see it. Thank God, I would have shit all over myself. I do have to say that diving in the States really sucks. I went to the keys when I moved back to the states...only 30' of visibility, and that was considered a good day. Besides the Keys, I've only been diving in Okinawa, Thailand, and Costa Rica. Okinawa was by far the best place. A bad day of diving there was visibility of 30-50'. All I have to say, is Get Certified! You won't regret it.


    Snorkelling in Thailand was marvellous as well.

    Off Fiji - not so much. Sort of boring.
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    Sep 05, 2009 10:02 PM GMT
    bchbum saidSnorkeling is okay. Diving is a lot more fun! I lived in Okinawa for three years, and got PADI certified. It took about 2 weeks there. However, you can do it in less than a week if you do it someplace like Costa Rica. Afraid of the sealife...of course. But, most of them are afraid of you as well. I've only seen one shark, it was a small black tip, and it wouldn't let me get anywhere near it. I have been diving when their was a tiger shark in the vicinity, but, I didn't see it. Thank God, I would have shit all over myself. I do have to say that diving in the States really sucks. I went to the keys when I moved back to the states...only 30' of visibility, and that was considered a good day. Besides the Keys, I've only been diving in Okinawa, Thailand, and Costa Rica. Okinawa was by far the best place. A bad day of diving there was visibility of 30-50'. All I have to say, is Get Certified! You won't regret it.


    The keys can get very churned. The sand is like powder muck. Here off the penninsula near Singer Island there are some great spots just off the coast. Sometimes up to 100 foot visibilty. Not bad for FLorida.
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    Sep 05, 2009 10:04 PM GMT
    TIME TO MOVE!!
    IN PA the close beaches are NY, DE, MD, and VA and the water there sucks!! lol you can't even see your hands!

    SOOOOOO consider yourself lucky!!!
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    Sep 05, 2009 10:56 PM GMT
    I live in the Turks & Caicos which has some of the best snorkeling and diving sites in the world. There are two reefs on the island I live on that are basically right on the beach. So, you can swim right out to them - no need for a boat. But, if you take a boat out to the main reef, you can see anything and everything that is beautiful (and scary) in the ocean. Actually, in most places, you don't even need to get out of the boat the water is so clear!

    Sea life freaks me out, but for some reason I'm cool snorkeling. I haven't gone to get certified in diving because I don't think I'd be comfortable at all that far under water.

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    Sep 06, 2009 2:39 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]halltd said[/cite]I live in the Turks & Caicos which has some of the best snorkeling and diving sites in the world. There are two reefs on the island I live on that are basically right on the beach. So, you can swim right out to them - no need for a boat. But, if you take a boat out to the main reef, you can see anything and everything that is beautiful (and scary) in the ocean. Actually, in most places, you don't even need to get out of the boat the water is so clear!

    Sea life freaks me out, but for some reason I'm cool snorkeling. I haven't gone to get certified in diving because I don't think I'd be comfortable at all that far under water.

    OMG what a shot man! I plan on visiting the Caicos in the next year or so. I will have to look you up for snorkeling!!!!!! Im guessing the flight time from Miami would be similar to Cuba or Cayman Islands.

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  • Timbales

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    Sep 06, 2009 2:44 AM GMT
    I went snorkeling in the Keys and got seasick.
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    Sep 06, 2009 2:58 AM GMT

    I love both diving and snorkeling and have done both here in New England as well as all over Asia, Australia, the Mediterranean, The Gulf and the Caribbean. I'm wary of barracuda because they're so quick and seem unpredictable. Sharks don't usually worry me too much because I usually see them on reefs, etc and I know there's plenty of smaller and easier prey around. I probably fear jelly fish more than anything. I had a nasty encounter with a school of them in Malaysia and the pain was awful. Most of me was covered with a skin suit etc, but any exposed skin that a tentacle touched looked and felt like it had been scorched with a hot iron. A women I was diving with developed serious breathing problems from her stings. Were a doctor not on the scene when we got ashore, I think she would have been a goner. I also encountered some stinging jelly fish off the coast of the UAE and switched dive sites a.s.a.p.