Finally we’ve come to Malapascua. This tiny island in the northern Visayas is said to be the only place in the world where divers can predictably see thresher sharks, a predator named for its long thresher-like tail. This also makes Malapascua THE place for recreational divers to see a deep-sea shark species close up at a comfortable 20-meter depth. Needless to say, Tony was as ecstatic as I was anxious about the thought of being in such close proximity to real sharks.
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Although thresher sharks are regularly sighted at Monad Shoal, a giant underwater plateau, there is no guarantee you will see these shy animals on your first dive. Our first time down, we ended up sitting near the edge of the rather featureless plateau staring out at an empty cleaning station. (A cleaning station is a spot on the shoal where schools of cleaner wrasse swarm around larger pelagics like sharks and mantas picking the parasites off them.) We were a bit hesitant to shell out more money to stare at nothing, but I’m glad we did.
Our second dive was much more successful. Just moments after hitting the 21 meter mark, a grey form slithering by in the distance made it clear that we were being watched. Suddenly, Continue…