Okeanos Aggressor Trip Report
October 1 to 11 - 2016
(Photos by Alberto Muñoz)
Average Water Temperature 81 F (27 Celsius)
Average Air temperature 80 F (25 Celsius)
This week we had a bumpy crossing to the island, nothing that a sea sick pill wouldn’t take care of.
The diving was spectacular sin the beginning on our first dive we almost landed on a huge marble ray resting on the bottom, we got as close as we wanted and the ray didn’t move, excellent subject for a picture, this week we had those marble rays everywhere cause down deep the water was little cooler and they just don’t like it cold so they come to shallower water to warm up, we also had manta Rays in some of the site like Viking rock, Punta Maria and Manuelita, in Punta Maria we were on our way up when a huge manta Ray (manta birostris) went by just cruising, then in our safety stop just a couple of minutes later two mobula rays came by a little friendlier than the manta.
There were Hammerhead sharks everywhere, they came in big school and single sometimes you just had to find a spot stay there (being patience) and the magic of Coco island would happened for you, some of these hammers get in a cleaning mode and when that happens you can get very close, you just have to be aware of your surrounding study the place for a minute or two and see what is it that the fish are doing and make your move.
Tigers…… They were just happy thye came and went from side to side, again you just have to find a spot and stay, believe me the fish would come in front of your face, for the most part we saw them in Manuelita however there were two other places where we saw them, Viking rock and Pajara Island, this one dive in Pajara island we finned our way around the rock and as we reach the shallows in Pajara a golden nose cow ray went by, some we don’t see that often, then a huge yellow fin tuna (I am serious that tuna must weigh 100 kilos, no joke), then as we started our ascend a 4 meters tiger shark, incredible dive.
Now not only the tiger, tunas, hammerhead shark, mantas and else, this week I had some I only had seen one time in my life on the past 20 years in Coco’s island. In a night dive we were just swimming seeing the white tip sharks hunting I prepare my setting (in my camera) for what I thought I was going to be the best part of the night dive, there was this file fish swimming carelessly and the white sharks were getting closer and closer so I was there also getting closer for the action I did not wanted to miss any of it, but luckily out of the corner of my eye I saw this huge Galapagos shark coming in fast and with fins in THAT position I had to back up and give way………..The Galapagos in a thunder like move, grabbed a white tip shark and tore it apart right in front of our eyes, I had a hard time trying to keep my heart in my chest and trying with every cell in my body to stay cool so my divers would stay cool too, I couldn’t get a decent picture of such an amazing fact and all of this happened in seconds, of course everybody was happy we just had witness mother nature at its best.
The diving, the people, food, the action, we had an amazing week all of my guests were happy.
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Thanks to all of our guests; Heidy, Alexander, David, Dylan, Javier and Virginia, Jeannette, Sabine, Jean Charles, Leonid, Pierre, Patick, Lotte and William, San and Sara, Yanggyu and Sebastian
For a great week of diving.Cap. Beto