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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

August 13, 2012 Written by

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)

 

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