View Full Version : Other Hobbies

03-21-2013, 05:31 PM
It's been something I've been promising for a very long time, but I finally got around to posting a video of my other favorite hobby----scuba diving. The video in question is one of a shark dive I participated in about a month ago while diving in Fiji. There were 16 divers in a line. No cages or other protection of any kind. The two most prevalent species were bull and lemon sharks, and very large ones at that with some of the bull sharks estimated at nearly 1000 pounds.

For your enjoyment try this link: www.vimeo.com/62382461


Hutch~n~Son Archery
03-21-2013, 05:52 PM
Now that was fabulous! now I can understand why you do it.

Thanks for the share!


03-21-2013, 06:03 PM
Barry, how much did the custom wetsuit cost you? I figure it had to be custom to hold a set of balls that big. lol GREAT video! Not sure it's something I'd want to do, but definitely great to watch. Thanks for posting!

03-25-2013, 10:09 AM
For those who may have missed it. Bump.

03-25-2013, 11:50 AM
that would just be to freakn awesome.dive with the sharks is on my bucket list.....along with going head to head with a gator.

03-25-2013, 02:39 PM
That was hilarious about the wetsuit......LMAO

Very cool Bfisher!!!!
Post some more

03-25-2013, 03:30 PM
OK.i know we are trying to keep our ocean clean and all but putting a trash can 20' below the watter.lol.how many people are diving down to clean the junk out of the boat.lmao

I'm sure it was used for chum.or extra tanks/save a person gear

03-25-2013, 04:29 PM
The trash can was full of fish parts to draw in all the other fish and as the video shows, some larger pieces to feed the sharks. About the wetsuit comment. When I visit places like Fiji I wear what we call a "skins". It's simply a lycra one piece suit. The water temperature was very consistant at 87 degrees F. 84 dgrees at depth, which was 86'. That's partly the reason everything looks blue or green.

We actually did two dives. During the second one the sun came from behind the clouds and gave a little more light, thus a little bit more color. As for the size of some of those sharks? I've been scuba diving since 1969 and these are the largest I've ever seen. Some of the bulls are estimated at 1000 pounds. The lemon sharks ranged between 6' and 10' long.

Sharks get a bad rap on TV and the public gets inaccurate info for the sake of TV ratings. Sharks are pussycats, Yes they have nasty teeth and can be dangerous, but you can't see in the video that I actually reached out and stroked four or five of them as they swam by within 2' of me. Of course I waited till the teeth went by.

Arrow Splitter
03-25-2013, 08:11 PM
Now that was cool. Just make sure you always come back in one piece, no matter how cuddly Mr. Shark is. ;)


03-27-2013, 07:31 AM
That was a beautiful video, Barry. You have a great hobby.

03-27-2013, 09:57 AM
Thanx Alex. Great hobby, albeit a darned expensive one. The cost of an average one week trip is about $2500 and I have about $6000 tied up in video gear. I average about 5 trips a year.

03-27-2013, 01:58 PM
The memories you get worth the money, Barry! And archery isn't very cheap either :D

03-28-2013, 05:17 AM
wow huge sharks that's for sure. really nice & instructional vid , now I see that the Fiji marine life resemble approx. 50% of the U.S. voting population, lol... looks like all goes well until the hand outs stop.
how many hours is the flight down there?

03-28-2013, 05:35 PM
The flight is 10.5 hours (red eye) from L.A. From the airport in Fiji to the resort I stayed in is 3 hours by bus and another 1 hour by boat to Bega Isladn Resort.

I live in Pa and when I travel that far I leave at least a day early and get a hotel room in L.A. Figure I may as well do sme sightseeing while in California. I've got some trips tentatively planned for places like Palau which means 36 hours of travel time--each way. Trips like this I'll go for two or three weeks.

The Phlippines is one of my favorite places. They're English speaking and I know of one resort where I can do 15 days (including airfare) for the price of one week in the Bahamas or Virgin Islands. Needless to say, I go places that seldom see a cruise ship. This also means I just about live in a bathing suit (or wet suit) and sandals. OK, so I do have to wear a T-shirt for dinner. Easy living has it's merits.