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Insights: Diving With Great White Sharks

By Jennifer M. Wood - 2014-08-14T17:07:45Z

Photograph via Conde Nast Traveler

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Great white shark enthusiast George Probst shares what it’s like to swim with—and photograph—some of the world’s most feared predators.

How a Break-Up Led to Dives 

If life were like the movies, a gallon of ice cream would be the only way to deal with heartbreak. But George Probst opted for a different tack. “Seeing a great white shark in the wild has always been on my ‘bucket list’ of things to do,” says the Blacksburg, Virginia-based Web developer. “After my girlfriend broke up with me, I felt like I needed to do something different to take my mind off things.” Probst decided to take the money he had been saving for an engagement ring and use it to fund a personal adventure. “I got online and started looking for dive operators [and] I saw a website that mentioned [Mexico’s] Isla Guadalupe as one of the more recently discovered ‘hot spots’ for great white shark diving," he says. "Guadalupe boasted great visibility and a great success rate for those who had traveled there to see white sharks.”

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