Okeanos Aggressor Trip Report
July 22 to August 1 - 2017
(Photos by Alberto Muñoz)
Average Water Temperature 80 F (26 Celsius)
Average Air temperature 80 F (26 Celsius)
This week we had some amazing sightings, the diving week started with the usual cast of fish like the blue and yellow snapper, Jordan snapper, tile fish, flounders, horse eyed jacks, cotton mouth jacks and a lot more, most time we focus on the pelagics but we also have small and colorful fish, yes we do have the big stuff, this week we had some incredible dives, like the second dive of the week in just our first day of diving, we were just getting down trying to settle in 60 feet of water and a four meters tiger shark went by just like that being friendly and letting some of the people get the shot., that same dive we had loads of hammerhead sharks marble rays and just before we went for the safety stop an eagle came by. That first day when we were getting the dive boats (skiffs) down in the water we could see a couple of humpback whales out in the distance, that same day while we were in the water for the checkout dive a bunch of dolphins came right on top of our bubbles but no one diver was able to see them, we were told by the boat drivers about the dolphins.
Next day and after our first dive we were coming back to the mother ship and just before we reach the Okeanos 1 a baby humpback whale jumped out of the water we couldn’t talk for a minute as we were really trying to process it in the brain, then a minute later the mother and calf surface once more for air, we were able to get in the water and to our surprise there was a third whale, we could not believe our eyes, we were all excited as these whale kept coming back the next two days.
Most of the best dives were in Manuelita, Dirty Rock, Alcyone and Dos Amigos Small, the amount of Galapagos sharks in Dos Amigos was incredible and constant we were there three days on the row and the Galapagos were always there, Dirty Rock and Alcyone were loaded with the hammerheads, we had this one dive in Alcyone with lots of hammerheads, white tip sharks marble rays and once we were doing our safety stop in the line a crunchy noise was heard we looked up and this pod of dolphins was hunting they were moving fast and wouldn’t stop for nothing they just had got something and they were chewing and wanted more.
This other dive in Dos Amigos and after the Galapagos sharks we went fort the safety stop and as we reached 15 feet these two mobula rays came around and cruising by, the funny thing was to see them again on the next dive in Dos Amigos Grande, while doing our safety stop.
Weather was a bit unstable we had some days of tough conditions, but also we had some sunny days, this one time we were getting ready to go for a night dive when someone said Manta Manta, we grabbed the skiff and went after the manta, we got to snorkeled a bit with it, after the manta we made it to the night dive and the white tip sharks went crazy hunting here and there, sometimes they were able to get the fish and some other times the fish got lucky, we had a Galapagos shark come visited us on a night dive. Another night dive we were all back on the boat only two diver remained in the water and as soon as they surfaced they were all excited as this huge tiger shark was circling them during their safety stop… Coco’s island kind of dive.
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Thanks to all of our guests; Eduardo, Felipe, Jeannine, Jorge, Kaori and Masahiro, Linda and Daniel, Kris, Rianne, Andre, Sabine, Samuel M., Scott, Stefan, Samuel and Simon. For a great week of diving.