Project AWARE coined the event Finathon to help end finning of sharks globally. So they encourage dive centers to get involved and hold their own Finathon. Normally a Finathon would be doing a swimming event or walking event…but here in South Florida we have the opportunity to dive with sharks in their natural environment…so Force-E created their Finathon with a full weekend of diving and fundraising.
On Sept 21, 2013 we went out for a two tank dive in Palm Beach. The seas were 1-2ft, the water temp was 84 degrees, and the vis was 40ft with a lot of particles in the water. We dropped down into the sand and 4 Caribbean Reef Sharks showed up and swam around the divers very calmly. Second dive we had a cute little nurse shark swimming along the divers.
On Sept 22, 2013 we went out for a two tank dive in Jupiter. Again we had 1-2ft seas, warm water, however the visibility on the first dive was only 10 ft so we only saw a glimpse of a few reef sharks. Second dive we went a little south and the visibility opened up to 40 ft…here we had great encounters with 5 reef sharks.
So our weekend diving with sharks was a success!!! Plus we raised $400 to donate to Project AWARE so that they can continue to fight to save sharks.