“I never knew they existed…” Escape Australia, February 2020.

Mandala. The Bay

‘I never knew they existed’: Freak sight I didn’t expect in Bali

A prehistoric sea monster is on the prowl and heading my way. The great beast drifts overhead like a blimp, a shadow silhouetted against the sun-raked surface of the water. It’s huge – tall body squished flat, two long fins driven like a sword through its back and belly, mouth agape. I can’t run. I can’t scream. I can’t hide. So I float, paralysed about 20m below the surface, watching the beguiling brute mosey past. Then its mate arrives and the two of them engage in a slow-motion underwater dance.