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Growing up in Sodwana Bay it was inevitable Sanele Mbuyasi would be exposed to the diving world, but it was a surprise when he embraced it with such enthusiasm, writes DEBBIE REYNOLDS

Passionate about shark conservation, Grant Smith runs Sharklife (www.sharklife.co.za) from his fascinating ocean centre in Sodwana Bay. To find out more, Debbie Reynolds popped him 10 questions.

They say no dive site is ever the same and that certainly rings true for those at Sodwana Bay. I’ve dived the coral reefs of Sodwana numerous times and except for the odd territorial potato bass, you never know what to expect. As our seasoned dive guru Dean Channon of Underwater World points out ad nauseum “just because the last dive group saw a manta ray on 2-mile doesn’t mean you’re likely to see it now”.

Deciding on where to dive the first weekend in September, I realised I’d gone through the entire winter diving season without encountering my favourite Ragged Tooth (raggie) sharks. It was time. A quick call to Dean Channon from Underwater World sealed the deal. We rounded up some of the old crew, including Durban Green Corridor’s “larney” Gary Cullen, and set the dive for a civilised 10am launch from Blue Ocean Dive Resort in Umkomaas.

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