Okeanos Aggressor Trip Report
August 22 to September 1 - 2015
(Photos by Alberto Muñoz)
Average Water Temperature 80 F (23 Celsius)
Average Air temperature 75 F (25 Celsius)
Another one of those crossings that are not easy but isn’t hard either. We made early to the island so we had a full night of sleep, we had a beautiful group of people leaded by Amy Hagen, they were easy going and always happy, the week started really good as we had the tiger shark in my old favorite Manuelita, there were also Hammerhead sharks, white tips and the usual cast of fish, the first two days we had some rain as this is the middle of the rainy season in Costa Rica on top of that we had the full effects for the week, weather became very unstable as it would rain one minute to be a sunny day the next one.
But the underwater conditions were pretty easy as the moon killed most of the current, so we went around to the island to give the best sites to our customers. Dirty Rock was one of the best sites as we had the schools of hammerheads they always in the open water and sometimes they came to the reef to get clean.
Another place that had lots of action was Alcyone this underwater plateau had some current and the thermos brought the marble ray up as they don’t quite like the cold and the mullet snapper came in a huge school very close to the rocks, also the horse eyed jacks were very busy as they were doing their mating ritual and gathering in immense schools.
The day we had full moon a very nice visit surprise the diver as this massive whale shark came straight to us swimming in a gentle movement giving us time for the pictures an get a close view.
The Galapagos and black tips were also getting ready for the action as they took place in the deep side of Manuelita as they wanted some attention from the cleaner fish, these sharks satyed in that cleaning station for three days on the road.
One dive in Dirty rock the black tips were really moving towards the school of jacks they went in and came out chasing a single fish it is weird how they pick one from the crowd and chase it until the catch it.
The nigh dive were loaded with tons of sharks trying to find their food and this one night at Ulloa island a tiger shark showed up and confused for the diver lights it charge to Warren (divemaster) it came straight to his lights just to turn few inches from his camera lens.
Action was there all the time, the sun shined few days for people to work on their tanning, crossing back was easy and flat. People were happy, !work done!
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Thanks to all of our guests; Michael S. Randy, Brett, David, Loren and Melissa, Nicholas and Tracey, Amy, Laura, Julia, Miao, Julie and Marcus, Mike and Lorraine, James and Janet, Susan, Karen, John and Mary For a great week of diving.