Aquatic Stories (part 5 of 5)

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After Bali, I went to see the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, which is a whole other story I will tell you about another time (three days of animal-watching).

Near the end of my trip, I took my diving class, which opened the doors of the deep sea for me. Every time less and less animals will be spared from me chasing them around the world!

In 2011, I went to Riviera Maya, in Mexico. I spent a lot of time underwater there as well, jellyfish attacked me on a beach, and a remora wanted to adopt me and stick its suction cup to my belly.

They do that to the bigger fish as a mean of transportation. Despite such an honor, I couldn’t accept for obvious reasons.

The same year, I was in South Africa, where I went to see the great white sharks. They could be seen from a boat or a cage. They would get really close since the guide threw tuna heads and fish entrails in the water to attract them.

I was therefore able to see them up close, but unfortunately since it took three hours to get there, I was extremely sea sick. But the main objective was to see them.

In 2012, I came back in Africa, and also lived several water-related adventures. I swam a great distance in the Lake Malawi until I reached an island where I could see cichlid fish, which are endemic to the lake.

I went river-rafting in the Nile in Uganda for the first time in my life. We were at a part of the lake that was quite rough, considered level 5 in rafting—the roughest as I was explained—and level 6 is only meant for professionals.

The Nile shot us out of the raft one time and knocked us down several times without mercy.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this overview of my years of aquatic adventures, spying on that wonderful and sometimes unknown world…

I will tell you about the time I was able to fulfill my big dream to see the biggest fish in the world: the whale shark, which still manages to get away from me.

But for now, my next aquatic adventure awaiting me is in… no, wait! It’s best to tell the story after I lived it!

Author: Helena Aroyo

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