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Great white sharks decide to stay deep

October 10, 2007 Written by

Location: Lighthouse Bay, Guadalupe Island, Baja California, Mexico

Comments: Captain Mike is off the boat. This is Divemaster Buzz reporting.  They say fortune favors the brave & on this trip they sure were right.  The trip to Guadalupe Island was perfect, with a downhill wind helping us along the way. However, the wind that was so kind to us on the way in was to prove tricky today.  We woke up to a moody and overcast sky with a strong wind blowing around the north end of the island.  The waves created by wind and the 3 foot swell made for a difficult first few hours, with guests catching only fleeting glimpses down deep of the great  white sharks.  We initially anchored at Captain Mike’s famous “sweet spot” but decided that it would be best to move to Mike’s “backup-swell-in-the-anchorage-the-white-sharks-are-swimming-too-deep” waypoint.  We made a slow bell north and tucked into the island – the drop in the swell was immediately noticeable and within a few minutes our brave and hardy guests were back in the comfort of cages.  Whilst the action on the surface was a little less frantic than previous trips, our guests all seemed to exit the cages with a big smile with very good white shark sightings very close to the cages.  Hopefully the big smiles weren’t simply because the sparkling clear hot tub was waiting for them along with a lovely hostess and her drink tray!!

Weather: High level thick clouds. 10-15 knots of wind. 3 foot swell.  Air temperature with the wind chill in the low 70 °F

Water: Water temperature 68°F, visibility of around 100 feet.



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