Captain’s Noon Reports – Explorer – 2024-02-19

Vessel lying quietly at Anchor at Fondeadero.  WX: Clear Skies, Light winds from the North sometimes North-East. North Westerly Swell around 7ft, creating a picturesque scene.

1st dive was at Manta Rock and unfortunately visibility was sub optimal, and divers were unable to experience what was on offer.  Second dive, well, what a difference.  10 divers wanted to dive a second time whilst the remaining 10 were still onboard.

Just as the first group entered the water, the cry of “Whale Ahoy” was uttered. 2 large humpbacks surfaced approx. 10m from the skiff surrounded by dolphins moving in a slow South West Direction.  Calls were made back to NEX and the guests onboard were able view them as they transited the area. 

Both groups of divers in the water were very close when they finally surfaced, from above it was difficult to tell why the safety stops were taking so long, although the flash from their cameras could be a clue.  When they surfaced, the usual hand signalswere exhibited to make sure they were all okay, and a flurry or arm signals was sent back.

From what we can gather, a large school of hammerheads was also close to the dive site, from the hands shown it was in excess of 20. An accurate count is unobtainable as the Dive masters only have a fixed number of fingers. One guest remarked, they were definitely a lot. Also visible were Galapagos Sharks, although Hammerheads stole the show. We expect the dive numbers in the afternoon to increase as the news of the hammerheads filter over breakfast.

By Noon Reports

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

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