Paddling a Volcano

Ok – I have to see this.

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Kilauea by kayak
Photograph by Alexandre Socci / Barcroft Media / Landov

Kilauea by kayak

Brazilian kayaking champion Pedro Oliva has made a career out of surviving 100-foot waterfall descents, but never had he paddled in boiling waves. Last April, Oliva navigated six-foot swells off the southeastern tip of Hawaii’s Big Island as Kilauea volcano spewed molten lava into the sea. “At one point, the wind shifted and we were completely engulfed in steam,” says Benjamin Stookesbury, another kayaker on the trip. “It definitely felt like a place we shouldn’t be.”

Oliva, Stookesbury, and Chris Korbulic were in Hawaii filming an episode for the Brazilian adventure series Kaiak, but a season of scarce rainfall had dried up many of the islands’ rivers. When the team discovered that Kilauea was erupting, they booked a charter boat to the action, although no one dared to go as close as Oliva did – at…

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Bimini divers get close look at calm bull sharks

I was surprised at these observations. Bulls have a reputation for waking up angry in the morning and getting more pissed as the day goes on. I’ve always been told that bulls are more dangerous than even great whites, in some ways. These observations have made me look at them a bit differently. Cool!!

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BIMINI, Bahamas — The best word to describe my nine recent diving companions off Bimini is “polite.” They swam slowly — not herky-jerky — and waited their turn. They didn’t behave aggressively, and they were very careful not to bump into me underwater. Pretty easygoing, I thought.

But they weren’t human. They were bull sharks up to eight feet long. Yes, bull sharks — the species most blamed for attacks on humans. But they surely didn’t act like people-eaters. They seemed only marginally interested in me and the other six scuba divers kneeling 45 feet deep in the sand. It would be wonderful if other marine life we encounter while scuba diving — hear that, triggerfish? — would comport themselves with such gentility.

“They seemed to be enjoying us, and we are enjoying them,” Afif Darwish, a Canadian dive instructor, said of his first underwater bull encounter.

While their appearance…

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