The blue shark snorkel trip takes place 15-20 miles out to sea, departing from Penzance harbour. Frozen chum is dropped into the water to attract the sharks, then we wait. 2 hours pass before any activity, then 2, 3, 4, sharks appear and we jump into the water. The waves are big and you can't see the bottom, the sharks swim up to the snorkellers and take a good look. It's not for the faint hearted. More sharks arrive, attracted by the chum and the activity. All swimmers are dressed in dark colours, no brights colours are allowed as this attracts the sharks. You don't want too much attention from the Blues. You feel something touch your fins, and swim by. Looking ahead the sea is clear and baren, but there may be something behind you. The Blues circle us, they approach head on, then dive down at the last second, like a game of chicken. We are never alone now, there are more and more sharks, swimming at all sides. It's so peaceful underwater and not at all threatening. The sharks are just as curious of us as we are of them. What a privilege to come face to face with a species that has survived for millions of years and is a perfect predator.
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