Captain’s Noon Reports – Belle Amie – 2021-11-02

Location: Guadalupe Island

Weather: Clear Skies, NNE Light Wind (5-10kts), and NNE Swell (3-5ft)

Yesterday afternoon was just as great as yesterday morning, with sharks present constantly. At one point our submersible cages say they could see 5 sharks at once. tons of action at the surface too. Mostly large females stealing out bait, but an occasional juvenile male sneaking through also. Everybody loved the day. In the evening Andy shared some videos and thoughts on shark encounters around the world and then Pascal gave his ever-popular shark 101 presentation. And then tacos. All together it all made for a perfect day.

This morning we woke up early to a surprise swell from the NNE, sending us a pretty constant 3-5 and even 5-foot swell. We realized pretty quickly that we wouldn’t be able to run our port-side submersible cage as it was fully exposed on that side. We also had to close the port-side surface cage. But we made one full round of submersible drops using the center and stbd side cages and were able to see some sharks, though the action was slower than yesterday. Divers still enjoyed it.

At 1030 and after discussing with trip leader Andy I made the decision to make a move into what I hoped would be better-protected water. We just completed that move and what looked calmer from a distance isn’t in reality. Still the same conditions here as we left, so we are going to get rolling with ops using just the center, submersible, and the surface cages. We will be easily able to shift the schedules around so that everybody gets their time in the water. And to help us even more, most of these groups seemed to reach shark saturation by noon yesterday, so we’re only getting about half of our scheduled divers down anyway. All the rest are watching the show from above and loving the other amenities.

Life is good.

Visibility: 80-100ft

Water temperature: 65°F

  • Captain Jon Shephard

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