GREETINGS SHARK FANS!
The 2007 White Shark season is finally upon us. We
are all very excited about the upcoming season.
Personally, I cannot wait to see my tiburon blanco
amigos and amigas. The first trip departs on August
4th. Look for Guadalupe trip reports coming soon!
We just returned from our 2007 Cocos expedition. We
had a wonderful trip on the Undersea Hunter. Read
the trip report by Sarah Whittemore.
|2007 White Shark Season
Opens August 4th
Get ready Shark Fans, the 2007 White
season is about to
begin. We are nearly sold out on many
meet a White Shark face to face...
on select dates, Call for info.
On August 4th the Solmar V departs for Guadalupe on
the first expedition of 2007. We have a total of 22 trips
scheduled to Guadalupe this year. The Searcher will
begin shark diving operations at Guadalupe on
October 13th and we will complete the season on
|New Great White Shark Awareness Distinctive Specialty Certification
Shark Diving International and Great White Adventures
has been awarded our very own Diver
Distinctive Specialty certification from PADI.
Developed by our very own James Moskito this
certification can only be offered by Shark Diving
International and Great White Adventures
During your White Shark Expedition
with us you may
course which includes topics such as:
By completing this course you will come
away with the latest white shark scientific data and
Be one of the first divers in the world to obtain this very
unique certification. This C - card will be the envy of all
your dive buddies!
This specialty course is ONLY available from
Shark Diving International and Great White Adventures!
- White Shark Biology and Distribution
- Nomenclature & Taxonomy
- White Shark Markings & Morphology
- Feeding & Reproduction
- Photo Identification
|BOOK YOUR COCOS MALPELO
2008 TRIP ON THE NEW ARGOS
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
submarine support vessel in the Undersea Hunter
fleet. The Argos will have not only 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 DAYS OF
AMAZING SHARK DIVING ADVENTUTURE!
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 with
hunting whitetip reef sharks. You may
encounter whale sharks too! The Argos will
fitted to carry the
You will have the opportunity to experience
dives in the DEEPSEE to view some of the world's
rarest sharks and many other amazing deep water
LIMITED BOOK NOW!
|BREAKING NEWS SHARK ATTACKS KAYAK
Fisherman escapes from shark attack off San Mateo
A series of bite marks from a shark can be seen near
the nose of this kayak. Photo courtesy of Doug Mar
Cocos Trip Report
Trip report by Sarah Whittemore
Photos by Aaron Whittemore Even before
became a diver, my father would take
great joy in telling me fantastic tales about Cocos
Island. He often called it the best diving destination in
the world, praising the multitudes of life and claiming
that a diver in Cocos was likely to suffer whiplash from
trying to decide what to look at first. I was fascinated
but a little skeptical, so when I found myself bound to
Cocos on the Undersea Hunter, I was eager to see
whether the stories could possibly be true.
The thirty-six hour traveling period gave the crew
and passengers a good chance to get acquainted and
acted as the foundation for a good-natured rivalry
between the blue and yellow diving teams or, as they
came to be known, the Whale Shark and Whale-
Our first dive was a shallow checkout dive, which
many of us believed would be tame and relaxing-we
were wrong. Within the first minute, dozens of white
tips, eels, turtles, flounder, and other huge schools of
fish greeted us. Just like the stories, I found myself in
danger of whiplash that is, until the hammerheads
showed up. When a properly
stealthy dive style was
employed-Juan Manuel aptly christened it
the "James Bond Diving Technique"-close up
encounters with these amazingly beautiful and
powerful sharks could follow.
After that first amazing dive, it was hard to believe
that things could get much better, but Cocos
to surprise and impress. Every dive that week sported
several white tips and an abundance of marine
creatures. Throughout the week, we spotted
silkies, silvertips, and Galapagos sharks. Alcyone
quickly became a favorite site, especially for the blue
team, after a particularly awesome dive yielded
schools of jacks, marbled rays, white tips, hundreds
hammerheads schooling overhead, and a brief
encounter with a pod of dolphins. It was Alcyone that
provided the trip's photographers with opportunities to
capture the prized silhouette shot of the hammerhead
schools. And, although the yellow team won the
whale shark-spotting competition at a site named
Small Dos Amigos, it was Alcyone that allowed the
blue team to win back their pride with a whale shark
sighting of their own.
Another memorable dive was the white tip night
dive at Manuelita Coral Gardens. Each night,
hundreds of white tip sharks would gather to hunt for
reef fish; the swirling stream of predators stalking prey
and maneuvering into impossibly tight cracks in the
coral was an incredible sight.
Other highlights included mantas, devil rays, red-
lipped batfish, eagle rays, and box crabs.
surface intervals included sunset and beach tours, an
adventurous hike to a gorgeous waterfall with a
refreshing swimming spot under the spray, and, back
on Costa Rican mainland, a thrilling zipline tour
through the rainforest.
The crew was attentive and skilled, the passengers
an amusing and dynamic group, the boat comfortable,
the diving spectacular, and the sharks simply
amazing. If anything, Cocos was even better than the
Book your 2008 Cocos and Malpelo trip here