First of all, I have to thank the crew down in Murrells Inlet, S.C.! These guys are a first rate SCUBA diving shop and diving outfit. Southern hospitality and professionalism at its best. So, on with the story: The first day of three was spent a "staff only dive". Just a day for the Sterling Silver SCUBA staff and a few close friends to get in a fun dive without having to concentrate on the needs of students and recreational divers under our charge. Anyway, we got underway without a hitch and reached the dive site some 2 hours later. For those of you who aren’t’ hip to East Coast/Southern Diving, it’s a nice little ride out to the dive sites. That’s just the way it is. The Wreck is known as the "Hebe" and it was a really exciting dive. Now, the visibility could have been a little better (it was unseasonably poor at +/- 25 feet) but the pelagic were out in full force.
The best f all was my first large shark siting! I am 6’5", 235lbs and this fella (gal?) was every bit as big or bigger than me! I encountered the shark moving in a way that can only be described as effortless. I was less than 10 feet from the creature as it moved passed my position and leaving me with the impression that it didn’t take even the slightest interest in my presence.
Backing up a step: As I descended the line to the bottom there was a blanket of bait fish covering the upper most part of the wreck. Literally hundreds, if not thousands of the dollar bill sized creatures swarming all about the wreck. I almost swam straight into the wreck as I passed through the teaming multitude of fish. There were literally that many! Once they parted I realized that I couldn’t see the wreck due to the shear number of these creatures.
after a little less than an hour, my dive buddy signaled that it was time to surface since they where growing low on air.
Sorry for the typo! My buds are plenty professional which is more than I can say about my typing!