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Log Date: Saturday, Sep 19, 2015
Entry By: Captain Beto









 



Okeanos Aggressor Trip Report

 

September 19 to September 29 - 2015

(Photos by Alberto Muñoz)

 

Average Water Temperature 82 F (26 Celsius)

Average Air temperature 80 F (25 Celsius)
Average Visibility 80 ft-25 mts
Wetsuits: 3mil, maybe more if you get cold easily.
Crew this week: Capt. Beto, Chefs Douglas and Gerardo, Engineer Fabio, Steward Osayuki, Boat drivers and Divemasters Warren, William and Xavier

 

 

We had a Fun Group of people this week, we had a good mix of cultures and all of them got in the diving mood, they were responsible and aware of the environment, we started our dives in Chatham and Manuelita, in our check out dive the visibility was really good we saw lots of fish and as we got in the water within the first two or three minutes a 14 foot tiger shark went by making us all excited and wanting more.

Next two dives were done in Manuelita my old favorite, hammerhead sharks came and went, we had a couple of Galapagos shark coming close and few times the tiger shark came and went by slow and close enough for the pictures I was able to recognize two different tigers as one of them has a scar in his dorsal fin.

During the week we had some amazing diving few times we drifted in the blue water to do our safety stops and we saw the schooling hammerhead sharks.

There was this dive in Dos Amigos with at least six Galapagos sharks and they were coming close to us the Galapagos would vanish in the blue water to just sneak up behind us over and over, seemed like a game for them.

We had some awesome dives, but to me the first day with the tiger sharks and the last day were the best of the best, on our last day in the first dive we had lots of hammers coming to get clean close to the rock then an eagle ray that was doing some kind of search on the reef as the ray kept coming around in a single pattern. The second dive with some amazing hammerhead action we did Alcyone and the cleaning station for the hammers was full of sharks so there we were taking pictures in a nonstop breathtaking sight of the hammers getting clean, and when they are being clean you can get really close to them as they go in some kind of trance and won’t mind about you, so we had this amazing view of the hammers when this dark huge shadow appeared in the deep water and was heading towards us, and as this huge fish got closer and closer we could see the white spots……….. This 30 feet whale shark came from the deep water got to us and started to circle us till the next group of divers came in and the whale shark kept going around the diver for the two group for the whole dive.. that was an amazing sight, that made us take a really difficult decision between the hammers and whale shark, we of course wanted the hammers but a whale shark is always the number one choice for us…

On our last dive we went back to my old favorite Manuelita just as we plunged into the water a 16 feet wing spam Manta ray went by to just slow down in front of us to give us time for few picture then vanished in the blue water, my heart couldn’t take it any more to that point in one single day we had seen pretty much the big stuff we all hope to see in a week.

Not only that, as the manta went away we sat near a cleaning station where the hammers were coming close along with three Galapagos sharks, we were having a great time with the big fish when out of the corner of my eye I saw these bunch of puffers going after a single one this behavior is not common to see and here we had it, the puffer were mating and there were a bunch of other puffers waiting to see if they could mate…

We had a an excellent week, and to just bring the cherry to the cake during the crossing back to port a pot of pilot whales came to greet us for a while.

The guest were all happy, work done..

Till next week.

 

Thanks to all of our guests; Marcio, Ricardo, Victor, Alexander, Eric, Jean Michel, Hernesto, Marcos, Igor, Edmund, Dennis, Ken, Tim, Miles, Dawn, Emily, Michael, John, Brian, Stuart, Hugh and Mollie.

For a great week of diving.

Cap. Beto,