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I wish we could have all the giant mantas and white sharks together. Divemaster blog. Sept 6, 2012

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Guadalupe Sep 06 2012.-

Just cant get enough of these great white sharks, there is a point when I spend so many dives with the same sharks when I feel I know them and I feel I can guess what their reaction to the cage and to us in general will be, I love this, I been missing the Mantas lately but when Im in Socorro I miss this guys to. I wish we all could have the giant mantas and the White sharks together.  except when I think about it, that might not be so good for the mantas.  we sometimes see bite marks out of the rear of their wings (pectoral fins).  I can only imagine how big the bite mark would be from a white shark.  OK.  I definitely don’t want to think about that.

Any way  conditions have been very good under water here is a report:

Water Tepm : 21C  70F

Visibility: from 100 to 45 ft the lowest.

We had very Sunny days and some other days have been rainy.

Out for now

DM Joel IHO

On a scale of 1 to 10, I rate the Nautilus great white shark experience as an 11. Gotta run. Don’t want to miss the magic show. Aug, 2012.

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

It was absolutely awesome! The sight of the majestic great white shark that I got to share some time with was inspiring, exciting, and yet calming. The Weather was practically perfect. Water temp? About 70 comfortable degrees. A great crew that will not stop working until everyone on board is smiling and happy! Great food too! On a scale of 1 to 10 I rate this experience an 11. Gotta run. I don’t wanna’ miss Divemater Tigre’s much anticipated magic show. Tomorrow, I am sure, will surely surpass today’s most magnificent day. Can’t wait. If you’re considering a terrific time with exciting diving, great food, and great people, come aboard the Nautilus Explorer.

Leslie L. (aka Brooklyn)

I couldn’t believe the 2nd day could be better than the first day! But it was.  The morning started with a white shark breech seen by only the early risers, unfortunately, I was not one of them. HOWEVER when I made it onto deck later I was rewarded with a FULL breech with a half twist! It was awesome. And believe it or not, almost every dive delivers more shark sightings. It is true. Some so close you can touch! The whole experience is wonderful. The crew is GREAT. They are friendly and helpful and will do anything so you have a great trip. Everything they do is with your safety and comfort in mind; never once was there a time that I felt in peril. The food is WONDERFUL. The service is always with a smile. I highly recommend this trip to all; regardless if you are a certified diver or not. A good time is to be had by all; whether you are diving, warming up in the hot tub, relaxing, having cocktails, dining, napping, or just making new friends from all over the world. We made memories we will never forget, and photos that will bring those memories to life over and over again.

THANK YOU NAUTILUS!

j.wootton

As exquisite as the crew is, the Nautilus Explorer is even more phenomenal. Another adventure checked off my bucket list. Guadalupe. Aug 28, 2012

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Tomorrow I will board the flight home from this wonderful trip to Guadalupe Island. Being a fourteen year old girl it has been a once in a lifetime experience seeing sharks that are 10 times bigger than me with gnarly jaws in my face. After seeing the Great White sharks I can now say that another adventure is checked off of my scuba diving bucket list!

The crew has been incredibly friendly and helpful, making sure I’m having a good time and getting me anything I need. As exquisite the crew is, the Nautilus Explorer is even more phenomenal.  I spend most of my free time on the sun deck soaking up the warm Mexican rays, or in the lounge/salon reading the many books and watching great underwater movies from the huge selection!

The scuba diving was so fun at the small islands San Benitos, Cedros, and San Martin. It was my first time diving in kelp, and it could easily top a coral reef when the sun light shines through the underwater cathedrals. I saw a variety of life in the kelp forests including playful, friendly Sea Lions, Guitar Fish, Bat Rays, and so much more. I have had an amazing trip, and I hope to return again soon!

-Samantha Mauro, 14

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Bueno, ya acabamos el ultimo buceo de otro viaje un sentimiento agrio-dulce..agrio porque se acabo el viaje pero dulce en el sentido que todo termino super bien y todos estamos sanos y salvos gracias a Dios muy importante siempre darle gracias el ultimo buceo también tuve el lujo de bucear con mi mentor original, Joel, que diversión volver a bucear juntos aunque la mar estaba un toquesito mas frio de lo normal pero he visto que ese toquesito de frio ayuda a inyectar energía, yo siempre salgo saltando y pegando gritos (para calentarme) y aunque no lo creas, esa energía es contagiosa!!  No puedes creer cuantas personas en este viaje están pegando gritos de, lets do it!, creo que fue el tigre que empezó esos gritos energéticos.  Bueno, hablemos un poco sobre nuestros encuentros culturales he mencionado mi amigo especial evgeny de russia que me ha estado dando consejos para mi vida personal, y también me ha podido traducir una articulo en una revista russa que no entendia pero

tenia fotos de ballenas belugas, y resulta que hacen una experiencia bien parecido a el que hacen con delfines, en captividad, pero evgeny dice que las belugas no las capturan, sino las entrenan a llegar de la naturaleza para estar con los turistas, pues están libres y son blancos y nos gusta mucho también el color blanco pues, evgeny me dijo que si quieres a algo, lo tienes que liberar y tal vez te venga a visitar si tienes sardinas para darle de comer no se exactamente como interpretar eso para mi vida personal, pero mi hermano tiene otro dicho, si quieres a algo, liberalo si se devuelve, es tuyo para siempre, si no se devuelve, cazalo y matalo diferentes teorías sopongo algo difinitivo es que los animales si se pueden capturar y tenerlos presos, eso esta bien provado, pero la alma jamas se puede capturar, pues a cada uno lo suyo y ojala que los animales que se salgan de sus cuevas a adventurar encuentren exactamente lo que estén buscando, sea donde sea, sea lo que sea, sea para quien sea.

 

 

The giant kelp forest at San Benitos Island reminds me of a real rainforest. It felt like there should be a breeze blowing through… San Benitos. Aug 27, 2012.

Monday, August 27th, 2012

We arrive at San Benitos strait from the famous Island Guadalupe. Well we got everyone ready with all the setup that they need for the dive. We did the checkout dive at Roca Blanca, the vis was not too good but just for one dive that was worth it. We move for the second and third dive we headed to NE point that was where the action was with the sea lion and the vis was real good. We thought that we saw dolphins the way the sea lions were jumping out of the water and rolling. As the divers went in they encounter the big show of the sea lion they stayed with them for the whole dive and for the next dive. Not to forget the Kelp forest that is so healthy and it start from 40ft to the surface and the small kelp that is growing it reminds me of the real rainforest. As you go into the kelp you see a small holes that appear to be as the one in the forest. The sun shine through the opening and the sun raise just lighted through the kelp it is so peaceful and relaxing with a small surge it seemed like there would be a breeze blowing. So cool to see that, well that’s a bit about San Benitos so I will keep you all posted on the next couple of days.

DM Juan The Only One

I had a near heart-attack when five sealions darted out at me in my peripheral vision. Guadalupe. Aug 24, 2012.

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Is that a sea lion in the shark cage????  Nooooo that’s carmensita in her faaaashion blue poca-dotted wetsuit!! (Carmen is one of our hostesses on ship)  Wellll, that was the last few days, enough about sharks, now we’s in san benitos, and its reaaaaal sea lions time, not the kind in fashion wetsuits!!  Normally, I’d be upset at the sea lion’s name, cuz there’s not much lion to em‚ and I’m the type of guy that digs on lions, its possibly related to my name, tigre!!!  But here there are lotsa of them false advertised atomic bombshells, and being a bombshell myself, I know how to set em‚ off at the end of the last dive, I thought to myself, what would jo do??  Swim out into the blue and see if there are any wandering predators around???  Yup, you got it, so I did it, but I didn’t find any wandering great whites as I had anticipated I was thinkin that with all these juicy delicious looking sea lions here, there must be some predator around that snacks on em‚ Guadalupe isn’t that

far from here, ya know?? And I actually had a near heart-attack when I see something darting towards me out of my super-periferal-vision never guess what it was??  Not one sea lion nooo five of them things!!  I was kinda upset at them for almost making me make an emergency poo-poo stop in my wetsuit, so I shouted and waved my arms around like a rabid tiger, yes, flinging around my wild-cat-paws and they dug it!!!  Kinda reminded me of a time when jo had a temper tantrum and threw herself on the ground kicking and screaming maybe she’s part sea lion also by the way, max, codename Baywatch, is the coolest deckhand on board at this moment.

Tigre (divemaster)

The great white sharks are so close that you can see their eyes are actually bright blue. Not black at all. Guadalupe Island. Aug 23, 2012.

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Das war der zweite Tag auf Isla Guadalupe. Wir hatten schon ueber zehn verschiedene Weisse Haie ˆalles Maennchen. Die groessten brachten es auf 5m. Nun warten wir auf die Weibchen.

Toni und ich waren schon letzten September hier. Neu ist bei der Nautilus Explorer zusaetzlicher Kaefig, etwa 5m unter der Oberflaeche, den man ueber eine Leiter frei besteigen kann und so das Geschehen um die beiden tieferen Kaefige sehr gut beobachten. Es ist aktuell genauso schoen, spannend und faszinierend wie letztes Jahr. Die Haie schauen schon mal ganz nah vorbei J

Fuer mich hat sich dieser zweite Trip nach Isla Guadalupe schon jetzt absolut gelohnt

Ich freue mich auf die naechsten zwei Tauchtage.

Andy Dellios

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Kurz und buendig, einfach genial auch dieses Jahr wieder.

Toni Danioth

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Eine unvergessliche Tauchreise!!!

A dream became true!

Total liebe und bemuehte Crew!

I‚ll be back for sure!

Kerstin Roesner

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Third day started. First cages came up, some spotted 3 sharks other none. That is the nature and proves how hesitating or even shy the most beautiful sharks in the world are ˆ the Great Whites. Amazing experiences yesterday, different from dive to dive: once two three of the male sharks are circling around, coming closer and closer to the cage, lurking into the cages ˆ you can see how the eye is moving. Or they are simply staying on the bottom level of the cage in continuous circles. Anyway it hard to describe the atmosphere, how beautiful and smart the animals are to somebody who has not experienced. Look forward to the 3rd day. Will be a good one again!

Alex – Lexi

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Great day, great Dive. The great white sharks where so Curious, stayed close and you could see their bright blue Eyes. Seen from close up they are not Black at all!!! The Crew is adding their bit to the Experience. Always doing a great Job.

Jan

I have been super excited to get back and see the big white sharks of Guadalupe Island again.. and then.. too many sharks to count! Between 10 and 12 great whites!! Guadalupe Island. Aug 22, 2012.

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

This has been my first trip of this season back to the mystical island of Guadalupe, 185 nautical miles south-south-west of the port city of Ensenada in Baja California North. I have been super excited to get back here and see the big white sharks again. Despite being in (or on top of) a cage the whole time this is some of my favorite diving to do. My imagination has been conjuring up any number of potential amazing encounters that I might experience on my first trip back and I can honestly say the last three days has easily met or exceeded anything my mind could come up with. The first two days were basically a continuous adrenaline rush with numerous male white sharks around the cages, approaching from above, below and eye level and alternating between slow, lazy passes to quick, excited and close-up encounters. No matter how many times it happens, standing on top of the submersible cage and holding eye contact with a 4.5 meter white shark as it passes only a couple meters away never fails to take my breath away.

For the first half of today the action was fairly mellow, a great white shark here and there showing up, making a few lazy passes and then disappearing until a different shark would swim by 10 minutes later. Slow, steady, but nothing really to get the heart racing. Until this afternoon that is. Slowly the action started to increase, with a couple sharks staying around more and making closer passes. Then suddenly there were too many sharks to count. I don’t know where they all came from, but I was spinning in a circle, looking up and down trying to keep track of them all. I counted 7 within sight at one point and I’m guessing we had 10-12 individual sharks on that one dive. And they were all very curious, coming in close at eye level, making passes from above, charging from beneath. It was one of the most intense white shark dives I’ve experienced in my four seasons here. It was great to be able to share that with our guests this week.

One more day of cage diving tomorrow and then we’re off to the islands of San Benitos and Cedros for some world class kelp and Sea lion diving.

Captain Gordon Kipp

Surface conditions: air temp 25C daytime, 20C nighttime, cloudy in the morning with sunny skies most of the day, light winds and calm seas in the anchorage.

Diving with great white sharks at Guadalupe Island is our dream come true. They check us out with their deep blue eyes. Aug 14, 2012

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Such Great Animals gentle, calm and curious!!!!! Would love to dive without the Cage sadly it still is the law.

Jan

For us a dream came true. We always wanted to dive with the Great White ones.  You are really diving together with the animals. It is amazing how shy these giants are. Like small children/animals they are checking out the situation by observing you with their deep blue eyes. If you do not believe it you have to experience it. The best way to do is together with Erich Ritter. Not to forget that we can enjoy this get-together with the nature only because of having the Nautilus Explorer crew being the best crew we ever had as it taking care of everything that allows you to focus on the core ides of the trip!

Jenny and Andreas

I am not enthused with sharks or diving in a cage. what can I say. They are beautiful and I am in awe. Love the Nautilus. Guadalupe Island, Mexico. Aug 13, 2012

Monday, August 13th, 2012

IN SPANISH WE HAVE A SAYING, “CADA MUJER TIENE SU ENCANTO”, WHICH TRANSLATED DIRECTLY MEANS EVERY WOMAN HAS HER ENCHANTMENT. NOW, EEEEVERYBODY KNOWS THAT THE OCEAN IS FEMALE, SHE’S THE MOTHER OF ALL THINGS, WHERE IT ALLLLLL BEGAN.GRANTED, THESE ARE CUBAN SUPERSTITIONS BUT THEY HAPPEN TO BE TRUE!! SOOOOO, DIFFERENT WOMEN, DIFFERENT ENCHANTMENTS WHATEVER IT MAY BE THAT PERSONALLY SUITS YOUR FANCY, WHETHER THE EYES OF A SPECTACULARLY GORGEOUS AND LUMINATING BLUE. THE STAAAARE OF THOSE EYES, A SLIGHT ROLL TO THE LEFT THEN RIGHT OF THOSE EYES (SLOOOW ROLL, GIVING A MISCHIEVOUS IMPRESSION, ALMOST SNEAKY, WHAT ARE THOSE EYES THINKING?). AND HEAVEN FORBID YOU’VE GOT A REAL CLOSE UP STARE GOIN‚ ON WITH YOUR LEFT EYE FIXED ON HER RIGHT EYE, BETTER LOOK OUT CUZ SHE’S LOOKIN STRAIGHT INTO YOUR SOUL, BROTHER. OR CAN IT BE THE THOUSANDS OF WAYS SHE EXPRESSES HER FEMENINITY (EVEN IF SHE CLAIMS SHE DOESN’T BELIEVE SHE’S VERY FEMENITE), FROM HER SIMPLE POSTURE TO THE WAY SHE WALKS OR ROLLS HER WRISTS OR CLAIMS, NOOO QUIEEERO, IN A POUTY VOICE OR LENDS HER CAR OUT TO FRIENDS CUZ SHE JUST CANT SAY NO EVEN THO SHE KNOWS BETTER…

GUADALUPE. FEMALE.. OHHHH SO DIFFERENT, SPECIALLY TO US TROPICAL PEOPLE. A BIT CHILLY, BUT NOT THE CHILLY THAT BITES HARD. JUST KINDA BITES IN A NICE FRIENDLY WAY, SHE KINDA SAYS “TE PUEDO MOOOORDER” KNOWING SHE CAN REALLY BITE DOWN BUT GIVES YOU A GENTLE FRIENDLY BITE. NOT TOO BAD. I’M GUESSIN’ MID 70‚S..VISIBILITY ACES. OVER 100 FT (30 METERS) CRYSTAL CLEAR. AND SOMETHING THAT MAYBE NONE OF US HAS SEEN BEFORE, THE GREAT WHITE. IS THAT CONSIDERED AN ENCHANTMENT??? I BELIEVE THAT’S A YES. YEAH…YOU NEVER GET A SECOND CHANCE TO MAKE A FIRST IMPRESSION, AND A FRIEND OF MINE SAYS THAT THE FIRST TIME IS NICE, BUT AS YOU DO IT MORE AND MORE IT GETS BETTER AND BETTER, SO I SUPPOSE THAT YOU CAN BUILD ON THAT FIRST IMPRESSION AND CREATE AN EVEN MORE VOLUMINOUS IMPRESSION. YESTERDAY, OUR FIRST DAY HERE, TWO SHARKS ALL DAY LONG FROM THE START OF THE DAY. TODAY WE’VE REACHED A MAXIMUM OF FIVE SHARKS TOGETHER. I’M THINKIN TOMORROW WE SEE 2701 SHARKS; YOU MIGHT THINK THAT’S A BIT INFLATED BUT I KINDA DIG ON THAT NUMBER!! GOT A CHANCE TO WORK WITH SOME NEW COLLEAGUES (THOUGH I’M THE NEWBIE HERE) AND IN THE WORDS OF THE FAMOUS RAPPER, 50-CENT, I GOTTA SAY “I LOVE EM‚ LIKE A FAT KID LOVES CAKE”!! ALSO WANNA GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO MY BOY AND MENTOR JOEL, WITHOUT WHOM NONE OF THIS WOULD BE POSSIBLE, MY NEW MENTOR JUAN WHO ROCKS, MY MAIN MAN IN THE WHEELHOUSE CAPTAIN AL WHO IS A TRUE RENAISSANCE MAN AND JACK OF ALLLLL TRADES, AND THE BIG MAN UPSTAIRS!!! ALSO WANNA THANK JO FOR HER REPRESENTATION IN THE EARLIER PART OF THIS BLOG (SIMILIES AND METAPHORS and that 50 cent catch counts for her tooooo) AND MY SWEEET DREAMS AT NIGHT!!

-TIGRE (DIVEMASTER)

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How was your day at Guadalupe?

What can I say about diving with Great Whites…incredible. These creatures are so powerful and beautiful you are in total awe being in their presence. They are so close and I loved the option of the 4 cages as you get different perspectives and the opportunity to go in the water virtually any time you want. Love the Nautilus, great operation and wonderful crew and terrific food.

Kirsten

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I’m not a cold water diver, am not enthused with sharks and, diving in a cage with Great Whites, not on my top 5 list. Well, here it is at 7:00 pm and I donned a 5m wetsuit, did 3 dives and found out how insignificant we are against the sharks. Quite a humbling experience.

Jane

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When I was a kid I used to dream about someday swimming with some great whites, I used to wonder how every scientific feels when they reach a white shark in their environment.

I’ve always been in touch with nature, my family loves doing activities that involve getting, lost in nature, I’ve always kept pictures, within my pictures there was always and empty spot for great whites. When I watched out for shark pictures I had the same feeling as when I am close to the girl of my dreams. Today was definitely one of the best days of my life, something that happens once in a lifetime. And it is just great to be in love, not only with these perfect creatures, but with a whole new way of living together along other persons of different countries and nature.

Luis (Mexican)

 

Remembering the Socorro 2011/2012 season. Socorro Island, Mexico. July 10, 2012.

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012