Okeanos Aggressor Trip Report
January 7 to 17 - 2017
(Photos by Alberto Muñoz)
Average Water Temperature 80 F (25 Celsius)
Average Air temperature 75 F (24 Celsius)
First trip of the year, the crossing over to the island was very quiet, the Ocean barely moved and the ride was quick. Once there we finished getting our guest and for the checkout dive we did the shallow side of my old favorite Manuelita, what happened in this dive put a mark on everybody’s mind as sharks came in by the hundreds, I mean hammerhead sharks came in in an endless parade, the action was a nonstop performance of the sharks and their cleaning behavior, not sure what was going on in this side of the island, not sure if this is gonna stay like this from now on, what I can tell you is that Coco’s island is going thru a magic moment, there was almost no space for the divers, the shallow side of Manuelita became a huge cleaning station for the hammerhead sharks, there were so many sharks that the Barber fish were no enough to get the job done, so the rest of the reef had to join forces so they could get the work done, so the hog fish, the wrasse, the trigger fish and much more fish joined the cleaning team, no being enough the hammerheads had to open a space for the tiger sharks on this very first dive of the week the tigers were very friendly and very close to the other sharks. We had this action nonstop for the entire week, I hope you are not misunderstanding me, the other dive sites had lots of action too, there were places like Dirty Rock and Alcyone with more hammers and Galapagos, but for some people the idea of dealing with the current with cooler water and lower visibility was not as attractive as Manuelita was.
We even had the chance to pay a visit to the south side of the island, so we did Manta Corner, Tea cup and Lone Stone, out of the three Manta Corner was the best as a manta showed up and there were a couple of Galapagos sharks around, tea cup was also a pleasant site and also a manta came in close for the picture,
The night dives this week were loaded with action, and since Manuelita was having such a big amount of hammerheads a day time some of them stayed for the night action, with the lights the hammers went crazy and came straight to the source, that along with the white tip sharks hunting made the dives.
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Thanks to all of our guests; David, Diego, Frederik, Ian, Jamieson, Jose, Julien B., Julien G., Kris, Krystalyne, Laurent, Mark, Robert, Scott, Steven, Yves and Veronique, Clifford and Virginia. For a great week of diving.