Aaishah Miller – Job Shadowing with African Shark Eco-Charters

Hi my name is Aaishah Miller, I am 16 years old and currently job shadowing at ASEC.

On the 29th June I went on my first shark trip. The boat trip to seal island alone was really amazing, just watching all the buildings disappear as the boat continued to move forward. Along the way to seal island I saw dolphins swimming along with the boat, which was really amazing since I had never seen a dolphin before ,besides on tv and in books. We finally arrived at seal island and unfortunately we didn’t witness any shark breaches, but that was made up for later when not one but five sharks swam by the boat. The first time I saw one of the sharks, I was really amazed, because here in front of me was this beautiful creature and I could not understand why so many people were so terrified of them.

The first four people got in the cage and I couldn’t wait for my opportunity to finally get into the cage. When I finally got my chance to get into the cage, I was really excited. I had on my wet suit, camera in hand all ready for the experience of a lifetime as most people explained it to be.

Unfortunately as soon as the cage was closed I panicked and got claustrophobic. My first thought was to get out, to tell them to open up and just get out. But then I told myself, that if I got out now I’d always regret it, I mean here I was in the cage waiting to see some sharks. This was something I had wanted to do for as long as I could remember, and now that i finally got the opportunity was I really going to get out before even going under water and seeing some of these beautiful sharks? So I got my breathing under control and I went under water and that’s when I saw it.

If I thought seeing a shark from the boat was amazing, then this was probably 100 times better. The shark was huge, it looked so beautiful just swimming past the cage. And suddenly I forgot all about being in the cage and just concentrated on this beautiful creature in front of me. I cannot describe how amazing that was, you’d have to experience it for yourself to know exactly how I felt at that moment.

That experience I can honestly say was the best experience of my life so far. And If I could get the opportunity to do it again I’d do it in a heartbeat.

Written by Aaishah Miller.