Skark Mis-Adventures

Skark Mis-Adventures

So my friend wanted to go out for a snorkel the other day. I suggested we walk down to a spot within walking distance of her condo that I have been wanting to check out. It was an absolute beautiful morning that day as we made our way down to the shoreline. The problem with Kona is that most of the shoreline accesses are all rocks. There is just not much beach at all to make a easy entrance and exit. I my self have no real issue with jumping off the lava rocks or entering the water in a urchin laden surf zone. My friend and a lot of other people who aren’t so ocean savey do. So as I assessed the ocean that morning I realized that we weren’t going to be able to enter the water from where we were. Between the small size surf banging on the shoreline and the amount of urchins in the shallows we decided to play it safe. I was more concerned about my friend knowing her abilities. I myself can pretty much go in and out from almost anywhere. So we packed up our stuff and made our way back from where we started. We decided to go on of our go to spots in town that instead. This place is nice but there isn’t a lot of reef formations like arches and caves that I enjoy. But we can both get in and out safely and that is the most important thing, safety right?
As we made our way into the water I am always so amazed by how much sea life there is close to the shoreline here. I must have seen at least 25 different variety of fish within the first 10 feet of the shore. We first headed out about a quarter mile into about 40 to 50 feet depth. I wanted to see if there was any drop off in the deeper depth there but there wasn’t. It was a mix of reef and sand patches all the way out. This was nice because It gave my a chance to practice my deep water free-diving. I have been resting my sore back lately and not been able to do much surfing or diving. So we started making our way back towards the shoreline from the outside on a angle, so we would end up about a quarter mile or so down the beach to snorkel back. I made a few deep water dives as we made our way back. I enjoy the challenge of going down over 20 feet and cruising the bottom of the ocean floor holding my breath. Its the same feeling you get scuba diving. Its truly a whole different world down there. It’s why I live here, to be able to become a fish for a minute or two.
So we were slowly heading back towards our starting point when all the sudden I see my friend waving franticly. We came to the top and then she said it, Shark!
We’ll she actually said black tip! Most people would at this time swim away but we both love sharks. So we speeded up so we could get closer and that’s when I seen it too. It was about 5-6 feet long and a pretty healthy looking fish! It was very ominous looking with the cloudy water where we were at. As we caught up to it we could see that it was more scared of us or just didn’t want to be bothered. It didn’t swim away frantically but it was moving at pretty a good pace. We stayed with it for awhile and at one point it was amazing. As we were following it I noticed a school of large pin fish. So I swam down to see them too and at that moment it all came together, just how special this was. I could see the shank and all the other fish down there. It was so cool! This is what I live for, the adrenaline of the chasing sea creatures. So it finally went out of our view and we were ok with it. We got to spend some time with one of the most awesomely misunderstood fish on the planet.
As we made our way back we also got to see a napping sea turtle and Hawaiian flounder, so cool!


Mike Fields