SEASON'S GREETINGS SHARK FANS!
The 2007 white shark season came to a
spectacular end on November 27th.
just returned from
our last of
21 trips made during the 2007 Guadalupe
white shark season.
We are starting our
tiger shark trips December 12th so stay tuned for
future trip reports. Thank you all who traveled with
in 2007. We look forward to seeing you again!
Have a safe and sharky holiday!
|Holiday Gift Certificates
finding a great gift for that special someone this
holiday season? We have the perfect
solution for that shark fan in your life.
This year give that special someone the experience of
a lifetime. We are now offering gift certificates to all of
our destinations from the Farallons to Fiji.
can present this very unique gift now and the recipient
can then schedule their trip whenever they want to
travel during our season.
certificates are perfect for those last minute shoppers.
Interest-free financing available!
|Shark Diving in Paradise
Ready to escape the cold and enjoy a nice
Join us for Shark Diving in Paradise 2008.
This tropical shark adventure has it all:
friendly people, luxurious resort, and some of the best
scuba diving in the world! You can see as many as 8
different shark species on just one dive! Not only is
this a fantastic shark diving experience, it is also a
huge cultural experience. Non-diving activities include
nightly entertainment such as fire walking and kava
ceremonies, warrior dances and native music
The Beqa Lagoon resort is located close to Fijian
villages; we can arrange visits with local guides. Beqa
Lagoon Resort private villas (called bures) are large
and luxurious. Tucked in the coconut trees, just a few
meters back from the beach, each bure is elegantly
furnished with rattan and bamboo and decorated with
colorful splashes of fabric and works of art. Every
beach-front bure has its own spacious courtyard with
plunge pool and bamboo fence to ensure your privacy.
|Cocos and Malpelo
Join us for an incredible adventure to Cocos and
Malpelo islands on the newly refitted Argos. The
Undersea Hunter fleet's latest
The R/V Argos will begin operations in early 2008.
This vessel is currently undergoing complete
renovation and modernization. The Argos will be the
new submarine support vessel in the Undersea
Hunter fleet. The Argos will not only have all new
cabins, but will also have brand new galley and salon
areas. The Undersea Hunter fleet is known for its
classy and roomy accommodations and the Argos will
be no exception.
13 NIGHTS/14 DAYS OF AMAZING SHARK
May 24th to June 6th
Enjoy some of the best shark diving in the world at
Cocos and Malpelo. These islands are famous for the
incredible shark populations. You will see large
schools of hammerhead sharks. You can turn up the
adrenaline with amazing night dives featuring hunting
whitetip reef sharks. You may encounter whale sharks
The Argos will be fitted to carry the submersible
|2008 Galapagos Sky Dancer Expedition
We have the beautiful Sky Dancer booked for peak
whale shark season in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The
the Peter Hughes fleet is the perfect vessel for our
With a very spacious dive deck and
plenty of storage
space the Sky Dancer makes everything easy. Oh, and
don't forget the trademark 'Hot Towel and Beverage'
served upon returning from the dives!
The cabins are spacious and comfortable with private
baths and storage. When you consider spending 7
magnificent days in the Galapagos you should be
sure that you will be very comfortable and get lots of
rest as we do nearly 5 dives every day. Your only
problem will be deciding to get out of a perfectly
comfortable bed and jump in the ocean. But then the
thought of seeing a massive whale shark up close
and personal makes that an easy call :-)
On the Sky Dancer you will enjoy gourmet meals and
exotic refreshments from all over the globe. There are
always fresh fruit and vegetables available all day. The
meals are a fabulous international cuisine with 3 full
meals served with artistic presentation daily with
plenty of snacks and special deserts served nightly.
Remember the other half of your dive trip to the
Galapagos is about the topside scenery! You will be
able to relax and soak in the equatorial sunshine and
enjoy the enchanting views of the Galapagos from Sky
Dancer's spacious sundeck.
Here is what our Galapagos trips are all about!
WHALE SHARKS! We have prime dates for visiting
Wolf and Darwin islands. This is where for the last 5
years we have encountered some of the largest whale
sharks in the world!
There is nothing quite like swimming next to the
largest fish on the planet. You will experience
something that very few people ever will. It will be an
experience you will remember for the rest of your life!
There are many other animals to see and enjoy! The
Galapagos is one of the best places in the world to
see schooling Hammerhead sharks too!
If you are an amateur or professional photographer or
simply a shark fan you need to make at least one trip
to the Galapagos in this life! There is no other place
where you can witness such a diverse population of
Join Us for the trip of a lifetime!
October 19 - 26, 2008
$3890.00 per person
7 nights on the Sky Dancer
All diving, tanks, weights, food
National Park Fee
2009 Dates Now On Sale:
Aug. 30 - Sept 6, 2009
Sept 6 - Sept 13, 2009
And 2010 Dates Now on Sale:
Sept 26 - Oct. 3, 2010
Oct 10- Oct 17, 2010
2007 White Shark
The 2007 white shark season was one for the
record books. We literally broke every record we had
established in the past and then wrote some new
For the Guadalupe Island expeditions we completed a
total of 21 trips in just 115 days, from August 3rd to
November 27th. No other operator has ever completed
that many trips in a single season. We now have
completed a total of 96 trips to Guadalupe Island,
nearly twice as many as any other operator. Most
importantly our 100% safety record is still intact.
The 2007 Guadalupe trips were by far the most
successful trips in history.
We actually had
white sharks all day, every day the entire season. We
averaged 5 to 7 individual white sharks per day and 10
to 12 individual white sharks per trip. We did observe a
record total of 20 individual white sharks on a single
trip in August, but we also had a record total of 16
individual sharks in just one day on November 25th.
The Guadalupe white shark population appears to be
steadily growing and the sharks look to be in good
health and very active. We did see many of our favorite
sharks again this year. Patches was around from early
August until mid-October (this was Patches' 6th year
with us). Cal Ripfin was seen on nearly every trip right
up to our very last trip in November. Zapata, Top Notch,
CC (Cut Caudal), Rock Star, Scrapper, Tagger, Louis
Jr., Bite Head #1 and Bite Head #2 were all seen
regularly throughout the season, to name a few. There
were many new sharks this year, which is always very
exciting for us. We will be updating the database over
the next few weeks and will have a new total
population count by early next year.
Over the past seven years we have been observing the
seasonal population patterns of the Guadalupe white
sharks and there is definitely a consistent distribution
of the sexes at the island over the 4 months we are
there. Invariably we have observed only male sharks in
the early season and we do not see any female
sharks until late September or early October.
Accordingly, on our first Solmar V trip in early August
we had our first white shark within 40 minutes and
within 2 hours we had 5 white sharks, all males. By
mid-October we observed a definite shift in the
balance with more female sharks arriving. Finally, by
late November the majority had switched to more
female than male sharks.
On October 4th we witnessed a predation event on a
young elephant seal by a large white shark. This
feeding event began with a subsurface attack and the
e-seal was beheaded on the first strike. We noticed a
large blood stain forming on the surface close to
shore and only 100 yards from the Solmar V.
Geronimo and I jumped into our inflatable skiff and
sped over to the scene. I was able to film most of the
event from a safe distance considering we were in an
inflatable boat. However, the local fishermen and
researchers were also alerted to this happening and
they raced over to the scene as well. The research
boat got way too close and the shark, defending its kill,
attacked the fiberglass panga chasing them off to a
safer distance before returning to consume its well-
earned meal. The feeding lasted approximately 10
minutes. (I will have the video of this up on the
Even though we see these regularly at the Farallon
Islands we have only documented two e-seal and one
fur seal predations at Guadalupe Island. We know that
white sharks do prey on marine mammals at
Guadalupe, but so far no one has been able to
document any instances probably because they occur
more often down deep or at night.
On November 4th we had an incident that was pretty
darned exciting. CC, or Cut Caudal, one of our regular
sharks, accidentally ran into one of the main cages on
the Searcher. CC came up nearly vertical about 20 feet
away from the cage and grabbed one of the hang
baits, which he is known to do on a regular basis.
However, on this particular day he swam right into the
portside cage's viewing window. As CC took the bait
he instinctively rolled his eyes back, couldn't see
where he was going and accidentally swam directly
into the viewing window. CC's entire head went inside
the cage and he was stopped just short of his pectoral
fins. Well, we all know that white sharks have no
reverse and CC was too far in to turn around. He tried
to turn, but he could not quite get his snout to clear the
corner. He rolled on his side and began to thrash up
and down trying to free himself. Being a rather large
white shark he just ended up making the opening
bigger by simply removing the front of the cage so he
could get out of the cage. CC literally removed all the
lower front vertical bars and the horizontal bar that
connects all of the vertical bars to the main frame of
the front cage panel and then swam away. What was
amazing is that it took only about 10 seconds to do
this. What was even more amazing was that there
were 2 divers in the cage at the time and they thought
that this was the coolest thing they had ever
experienced and walked away completely unscathed.
The divers also said that CC was just fine too!
were all very relieved that no one was injured. We
were also pleased that our divers listened to the safety
briefing prior to diving and followed the instructions
and evacuated the cage when this incident occurred.
One diver utilized the emergency escape hatch and
somehow managed to film the entire event. We
learned something from this and we will take
appropriate measures to prevent this from happening
When we said, "You can get face-to-face
ultimate predator" this is not what we had in mind!
The Searcher's cages are 6 years old now and we
have learned a great deal since we first built them. We
are going to take this opportunity to design and build
new state-of-the-art cages that will be safer and
stronger. We will unveil the new cages in spring 2008.
All in all this was an incredible season and we
very happy to have our 100% safety record still