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Back in August I did a scary, uncomfortable, ridiculous thing. I went cage diving with Great White sharks for four days straight, with a bunch of strangers. I raised the money for the trip, took a deep breath and tried my best not to have a heart attack before setting foot on the boat.

A few weeks before the trip the hardcore divers start friend requesting the wimpy newbies like me on Facebook which is kinda nice, since you at least get a peek at these people you’ll be risking your life with. That’s how I discovered the awesomeness that is a hand-knitted shark hat.

One of my new Facebook shark friends (let’s call her Shark Mama) was especially comforting and helpful (her #1 tip: “seasickness meds – A MUST.” That tip was more helpful than comforting) and she sent us all photos of these silly yet beautiful shark hats to buy before the trip. I fell for a hat called “Cousteau” because the shark hat had its own red beret. I mean – a hat that’s wearing a hat? Too cute. When you buy a hat the money also goes towards the non-profit Halos of Hope, which provides handmade hats and caps to cancer patients in need. Not a bad idea for a holiday gift! And if plunking down cash for a Cousteau of your own ain’t in the cards right now, but you have mad knitting/crocheting skills, you can make your own shark hats for Halos of Hope to sell. Check out their Facebook page for more pics and info!

Read more from Dina Gachman on her blog and Twitter.

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  1. I’ve never actually swam with sharks, BUT when I was 11, at a naturalist summer camp they didn’t have enough space on the whale watching boat so me and two others got a chance to go on a biological research boat that were going out to tag sharks. Such an exhillarating experience. Unfortunately I was already the one of the outcasts in camp and choosing sharks over whales (and being the only girl on the shark boat) made for an interesting last 4 days of camp… hehe. I wish I had a shark hat then! such an awesome idea!