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  • captain’s blog – Oceanic White Tip and Roca Partida – Socorro Island – 16 Mar 2011

    Our last two diving days took place at Roca Partida.  We always gauge our visits here according to the weather and this time we hit it perfectly.  The sea flattened right out for us and conditions were perfect.  Clear water, little breeze and a light current made for 8 spectacular dives.  There were humpback whales breaching all around us and wahoo swimming off our stern as we boarded the skiffs for the first dive. Under the surface at the rock immediately showed us why it is such a great dive site.  Schools and schools of fish swam by as we descended into the deep.  Dolphins, large tunas, blacktips, silkies and a very large Galapagos Shark kept us company on almost every dive.  Towards the second half of the second day the wind picked up a bit, the current increased but the sun stayed strong and viz continued to be stellar.  I took the opportunity to go for a dive in between the scheduled 2nd and 3rd dive with our Chief Engineer Cody.  It was a great dive with fish, morays, sharks and an unbelievable amount of fish.  Towards the end of our dive I felt Cody give me a little…

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  • Guest and Crew blog – I watched in awe as the large shark passed by me – Socorro island – 06 mar 2011

      Today I got the chance to swim with sharks. I never thought I’d be the type of person to get in the water if I knew there were sharks swimming around but I have learned a lot more about sharks and decided that it was time to conquer my fear. I had only been in the water for maybe 5 minutes when a large oceanic white tip shark swam past. I watched in awe as the large shark passed by me.  Only when it came back and then proceeded to circle me– did I feel fear.  When it decided to swim up toward me, I wasn’t sure what to do and so I kept very very still. We maintained eye contact the shark and I and before things changed for the worse I moved quickly and aggressively toward the Oceanic white tip. It was then that the shark turned and swam away deciding that I was not worth checking out any further– what an amazing experience!!! – Hostess Chris Ceu azul e mar idem. Desde o amanhecer nao se ve nenhuma nuvem no ceu e o mar, a cada hora que passa, esta mais calmo e azul. A visibilidade…

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