Archive for December, 2009

I nearly died today…. Twice.

Monday, December 28th, 2009

I went scuba diving today and nearly died… Twice. Here’s the first story.

I’m in Thailand currently for a wedding in Koh Samui. (Great place BTW) and decided to go scuba diving one of the days I’m here for.

We went to Koh Tao via a speed boat. On my first dive down. I saw this.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bull_shark

A bull shark. It was off in the distance about 40-50 feet away and in murkey water. Pretty cool. I whipped out my camera and snapped a pic. Then it came back a second time and then a third time. Each time getting closer. The last round it was about 20-30 feet away and it was huge, probably around 5-6 feet long.

After the second spotting, I put away my camera and pulled out my knife. This was probably the biggest predator I’ve ever seen while diving.

My scuba instructor seemed genuinely awed and alert, so I was scared. But he didn’t seem scared so I wasn’t too worried. Now that I’ve gotten on shore and looked up the type of shark it was… I feel really fortuneate to have experienced such a creature and walked away from it.

Best Christmas gift ever.

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Maybe he didn’t get this for Christmas, but still it’s an amazing gift and an affirmation that the future is bright for medicine and technology.