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Saturday, April 26, 2014

When Hammerhead Sharks Go Round And Round

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Back in 1994, Steven Munatones swam clockwise around Yonaguni Island in Okinawa, Japan.

The beautiful tropical island, close to Taiwan, is a well-known oasis sitting between the East China Sea and Pacific Ocean where shivers of hammerhead sharks congregate, feed and breed.

With 70 dive sites around Yonaguni, scuba divers from around the world enjoy watching the majestic hammerhead sharks swim slowly round and round in the blue waters that shift hues between deep sapphire and baby blue. As Munatones alternatively hugged the coastline and swam far offshore trying to take the best straight-line tangents between the elongated oval island, he and his crew were constantly enthralled by the fantastic rock formations that passed underneath him, clearly visible in the sparkling baby blue sea.

"Even with the turbulence and whitecaps on the surface and the continuous swirling eddies and cross currents challenging my progress, the underwater ridges presented scenes that are forever etched in my memory," said Munatones "But deep below the surface, swirling shivers of hammerheads easily caught my eye. My heart rate and stroke rate both quickly headed upwards, but the sharks ignored me like a piece of floating kelp. I was high above the shiver and continued along my way without harm or interference, finishing the 29 km circumnavigation in 7 hours 8 minutes."

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