“It’s under me,” I yelled to my sister, terrified, with tears rolling down my face. Let’s start from the beginning. It was 2015, and It was my first time in Waikiki Hawaii. My family and I decided to be a total tourist and go to Hanauma Bay to go snorkeling. I was super eager. We took a shuttle to the bay and bought tickets to go snorkeling.
We had to watch a safety movie before going in. That is when my tummy turned upside down. The safety video said to watch out for eels. Eels. I was really really nervous. I was terrified of eels.
I put on my snorkel gear, along with an unsure smile and ran into the water before I could change my mind. My sisters were snorkeling with me. Both knew I was scared, so they kept teasing me and telling me that there was an eel.
After awhile, I forgot that I was scared and started to enjoy snorkeling until my sister Sarah screamed and swam off. I yelled at her and asked, “What are you doing?” She did not respond and kept swimming. That was when I looked down. A huge eel longer than my arm was under me. I turned around. “It’s under me,” I yelled to my sister, terrified, with tears rolling down my face.
The water was shallow, and I knew if I bent my knees I would touch the eel. I swam like a mad man. I kept screaming through my snorkel mask until I hit the shore.
It was terrifying, but the funny thing is I have the whole thing on GoPro.