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One traveller's day-by-day account of a year-long journey through Japan, China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, America and Canada

As it turned out, the sharks seemd to be rather shy today, and our guide snorkelled with us since he knew all their regular haunts. After ten minutes of turning up nothing, he suddenly powered off in one direction not unlike his speedboat, and the rest of us floundered to keep up; but there it was: unmistakably, a cold, mean-looking, pointy-nosed, Jawsy-finned shark, swimming above the coral!