Okeanos I 5- 15 August
(Photos by Capt. Mauricio Marin)
Average Water Temperature 76 F (25 Celsius)
Average Air temperature 75 F (25 Celsius)
This week we had an interesting mix of people, we had a group from Spain, USA, SouthAfrica , Belgium Russia and France…
The crossing to the island was good only a small portion of the crossing was a bit rough but seasick pills were at hand so, no problem.
Diving this week was fabulous starting from day one, we had tons of sharks in Manuelita island, we even had the tiger sharks mingling with the hammerhead sharks, water was a little cold this week so the marble rays were very active and they were everywhere, we had places like Punta Maria and Dirty rock in our second day full of action, Punta Maria had a cleaning station working really well so there we had the hammerhead sharks also mingling with the hammerheads and also there were several Galapagos sharks, some of this sharks were really big and sometimes they come up to you just to check you out .
Weather was good, just some showers and on our third day we were able to make it to the south side of the island, we dove in Submerged rock where we had some current and the current brought the rock to life stirring up the Jack fish and striper snappers. We also had some friendly marble rays and they were swimming thru the arch. Its great to just stay there staring at all this underwater beauty.
We had the moon affecting the island as we are getting close to full moon, so in some places the current was medium strong in some sites which is also good for hammerheads.We did this one dive in Alcyone and when we got to de bottom, the hammerheads were everywhere , on this dive we were able to see the school of hammerheads on top of us, at least they were 200 hundred of them there…on top of our heads, like a huge shark cloud.
After that amazing moment we started looking for the surface and on the safety stop we had 20 silky sharks getting so close to us, moving around us, checking what we do.
We also dove Dos Amigos, the one with the arch( grande) had the arch was full of fish and a couple of marble rays, but the small dos Amigos was amazing as we had Galapagos sharks and hammerheads all in a cleaning station!! Its amazing how they were taking turns to get in the cleaning station.
The night dives were loaded with adrenaline as we had the white tips hunting on the small fish but it got even better this week as the Galapagos sharks are coming also to the hunt!!.We had them almost every night this week, it was definitely a sharks week!
Stay tuned for more.
Thanks to all!!
Aurelien,Eva,Koen,Petra,Ali,Bill,Eric,Laurence,Brad,Denice,Ernesto,Chema,Jorge,Luis,Antonio,Juan,Daniel,Damien,Ksenia,Anna and Edwar