Captain’s Noon Reports – Belle Amie – 2022-04-17

Location: The Boiler

Weather: Partially Clouded Skies, NW Wind (15kts), NW Swell (5-6ft)

We completed two more dives yesterday afternoon at the canyon. We had good shark activity at the cleaning station on both. Some hammerheads were spotted again on dive 3 and some very large Galapagos on dive 4. On dive 4 I saw the smallest silvertip shark ever, somewhere around 2 feet long. it was so cute! Everybody enjoyed the first day of diving and we had a lot of happy guests at cocktail hour and dinner. We did the taco night on the top deck and it went very well. Following dinner, we moved to the boiler and anchored for the night.

Conditions today are pretty challenging on the surface. The wind has been blowing all morning and is really pushing the 5-6′ swells together. Skiff loading/unloading is about as difficult as it could be. But the divers are doing well with it. This group is great at following directions from the crew and everything has been safe so far. And the diving has been incredible! The first dive started a bit slowly, but by the end, all groups had seen at least one manta and some had seen three. Dive two was non-stop manta action. from the moment divers hit the water, there were four mantas circling, and they stayed the entire time. One black manta was making very close passes by every diver over and over again. It was like he just wanted to look every individual diver in the eyes. Pure magic. And if that weren’t enough, we had two humpback whales that were breaching behind the boat during the loading process and then they cruised past the dive site and some divers were able to get a distant look.

Water temperature: 74°F

Visibility: 60ft

  • Captain Jon Shephard

By Noon Reports

Daily dive and conditions reports from our captains onboard the Nautilus Liveaboard vessels.

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