Today I spent over six hours in our cages and I can honestly say there weren’t more than five minutes in the whole day where I was not looking at a shark! Or many sharks to be fair. On multiple occasions, I could see three, four, five and on a couple of occasions six sharks in a single view! Truly an amazing day and one of the most consistently sharky ones I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying.
On days like today, I really feel I get a glimpse into the true behaviour and different personalities of different individual great white sharks. Some are bold and feisty and will repeatedly go after our bait relentlessly and without any apparent exhaustion. Whereas other individuals will calmly and cautiously, almost timidly, approach only occasionally, and will not even attempt to eat it. It really shows us a different and surprising side to these massive predators and their personalities.
–DM Martyn, the Nautilus Belle Amie
The anchor is down at Guadalupe Island and the cages are ready to go! The guests are excited; I am pretty sure we will have lots of people ready and raring to go in their wetsuits at 6:30 tomorrow morning!! I think I am addicted to the faces our divers make after seeing a great white shark for the first time!
–DM Mirko, the Nautilus Explorer
It is the first day in the cages at Guadalupe Island with our new guests. The sharks were very active today. At least five sharks on every dive, including our favourite shark, “Kenric.” We also recognized “Mickey” and “Slash Fin.” They came very close to the cages so it was a great opportunity for photographers to take close-up pictures and enjoy the action on the surface thanks to our professional wranglers. Some great white juveniles were stealing the show as they were really fast and tenacious. Let’s see what tomorrow brings!
–DM Ari, the Nautilus Explorer
It has been amazing as usual so far this season. We saw more sharks than ever this trip! We were visited by well known great whites like “Legend,” “Hunter,” “Sadface,” and “Paul Walker,” just to name a few.
I am so happy that Guadalupe Island is a biosphere reserve that protects and preserves these sharks. A huge “Thank you” to all the divers who come on our ships to visit these magnificent animals and attract the attention of researchers, and environmental authorities. You have helped to create a lot of positive attention for the great whites, which helps them a lot.
–DM Pedro, the Nautilus Belle Amie
📷 By Divemaster Mirko of the great white, “Legend.”