Sunday, October 4, 2015
A WHALE SHARK at Guadalupe Island?
Here we are on our 11th trip of this season and the great whites keep giving us a lot of excitement!
To start the trip with the right foot we left with a great weather which gave us a great and VERY smooth crossing to the island, so smooth that we got there earlier than normal and by 9am we already had our divers in the water! Not much later, probably not even half an hour, the first great white showed up! A quick start, but after that it slowed down for quite a while, but not even that made the sharks come up, probably because of the warm water at the surface, 74F/23.8C, so for a few hours only our submersible cage saw most of the action as the temperature was a little cooler at 30ft, around 71F/21.6C. But around 4pm a big 12ft male showed up and gave us good action for the last couple of hours. In total we had probably 5 or 6 different sharks coming to check us out, not bad for the first day!
Our second day started with a quick pass 10 minutes after we threw the bait in the water, then it slowed down again as it did the day before, but the action in the submersible cage did not stop! We had a great day down there, we had thousands of little sardines under and around the boat and that attracted a bunch of huge yellow fin tunas that obviously spent the day hunting next to our cages and in between all of that action we had the great whites gracefully swimming around, we had up to 3 sharks at the same time, non stop action when suddenly out of the blue a 20ft/6m whale shark showed up! Yes you are reading correctly a WHALE SHARK! It actually scared the great whites and they left for a few minutes when they saw this bigger shark next to them! So the whale shark came around the submersible cage about 3 times, swimming slowly and pretty much posing for our cameras! What a great surprise very unusual for these area, but still very awesome for us to see it!
So after the whale shark left the great whites came back and kept us entertained for the rest of the afternoon!
Our last day of diving started slow again, with an early pass and then nothing for a while, but slowly sharks started coming up and spending a little more time at the surface and by 12:30pm the show started, males started coming after the bait, one at the time,showing their enormous jaws to all of our divers both under and above the water...what a great way to end the trip!