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Owner: Harbors Unknown



Location: Fakarava
Latitude: -16.31000000
Longitude: -145.62000000
Published: 9 Nov 2023


Life on the water is incredible but it’s not without danger and safety is paramount. This video contains sensitive content and is being shared solely to emphasize the critical need for heightened awareness and safe practices on the water.

Fakarava, the second largest atoll in the Tuamotus, is where this story unfolds. Not only is it a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and home to the world renowned dive site, wall of sharks, but each year during the full moon between June and July thousands of camouflage grouper congregate at Fakarava’s south pass to spawn and hundreds of gray sharks are there to feed on them. @WEsail and @svdelos invited us to dive with them in hopes of witnessing this natural spectacle but no one knows the exact timing, though it’s rumored to happen just before dawn and lasts only about 30 minutes. Not only do we need to be comfortable diving with hundreds of sharks but the timing is essential. About two hours before slack on the flooding tide is the best time as the normally ripping current is at its calmest and flowing into the lagoon so if anything were to happen at least you would be in protected waters. It’s not recommended to dive on an ebbing or outgoing tide as you could be swept out into the open ocean. Little did we know the natural world’s challenges wouldn’t be the only ones we’d encounter.

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00:00-03:53 Paradise Found at Fakarava's Pink Sand Beach
03:54-05:43 Self-Reliance + Diving the Wall of Sharks
05:44-08:56 Diving the Grouper with @WEsail + @svdelos
08:57-12:09 Disaster Strikes
12:10-17:57 Fabio's Reaction
17:58-21:40 Learnings