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Diving with White Sharks in the Island of Guadalupe

Diving with White Sharks in the Island of Guadalupe
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In the previous article Regina and Tomas told us about their diving experience with whale sharks in Cebu, Philippines. This time we are transported to the island of Guadalupe - the meeting point with White Sharks. Don't hesitate to leave in the comments your experience of diving with sharks.

Traveling from San Diego to Guadalupe

After a night in San Diego, we continued with Great White Shark Express to Mexico. We passed the border control in Tijuana and proceeded to the port of Ensenada where we expectantly boarded the live-aboard Nautilus Explorer. The crew showed us our cabins, offered us sushi and sparkling wine before we cast off and headed for Guadalupe Island which was a 22 hour journey so we had plenty of time to prepare our cameras and tell each other stories from previous dive adventures.

Preparations for Cage Diving

When we woke up the next morning the sun´s rays flashed over the mirror blue water surface. Today the Pacific really deserved its name. A safety review and instructions how tomorrow´s cage diving would take part was on today´s agenda. At sun set we could see Guadalupe rising from the horizon surrounded by low clouds. As we got closer we were escorted by dolphins and sea lions. Whilst the crew prepared tomorrow´s dive cages the anchor was released and the smell of the evening’s dinner spread over the boat. I was going down in a submersible cage to 7 meters depth and my plan was to use a zoom lens.

At 0600 o’clock the alarm clock went off, I got up and had a light breakfast before I pulled on the wetsuit. My expectations for the day were high when I was lowered down in the submersible cage which had limited space for movement. When the sharks first came out of the depths and approached the cage they were very careful and swam around before disappearing into the depths to return and accelerate to the surface where they took the tuna bait. The hours passed by and I constantly tried to anticipate the sharks behavior and from which direction they would approach. After dinner, the crew gave a lecture on how to identify the different sharks and we could see that most of today´s visitors were well-known sharks. The following day the cages were not lowered into the water until after lunch because of strong winds caused by a storm that passed near Guadalupe. The sea had poor visibility and there were no sharks around.

Meeting the White Sharks

It was already day four and the trips second last morning. We lay at anchor in the bay below the Monkey Face mountain. My camera was fitted with an extreme wide-angle lens because I expected the best pictures to be taken today. During the first few hours the visibility was not too good and it was relatively quiet with only a few white sharks swimming past along with hundreds of small fishes that obscured the visibility to the surface. As the time passed visibility improved and

suddenly two sharks approached the bait. I focused on these sharks and as I did that more approached the cage. I counted at least seven. Suddenly, all the sharks sped towards the bait and there was a feeding frenzy.

On the journey back to Ensenada I had time to go through my pictures and I was curious to see if I had managed to obtain good, clear pictures of the sharks with my camera set up. I was very pleased with the result. The zoom lens worked fine in limited visibility and the extreme wide-angle lens captured the sharks very close to the dive cage.

Text & Photo by Tomas Jansson | ScubaTravel

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