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    Bucket List Great White Diving

    An amazing first day on the Belle Amie! 4 sharks at the same time! Up close and personal! I spent more time in the water than I thought I would… The action was too good to miss! Looking forward to tomorrow. – Kate De Simone, Great Britain Today fulfilled an item that has been on my bucket list for about 15 years. For my 50th birthday, I wanted to dive with great white sharks. Life threw me some curveballs, and I thought this trip might never happen. After arriving at Guadalupe last night, my dream came true as the crew and guests all sang happy birthday to me. Diving with the great whites today was amazing. Huge beautiful creatures. Amazing day that I will never forget. Many thanks to the crew of the Belle Amie for making today so awesome. I can’t wait for tomorrow. – Jenn Collins, Seattle, WA

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  • A guest recounts her amazing underwater exploration while diving at Socorro Island…

    Roca Partida has lived up to its hype and then some. The two day stay began with an eventful exploration of the ancient magma plug. Schools of fish including almaco jack pairs, horse-eye jacks and more white-tip sharks than I could count, and of course, the incredible giant mantas. All of this peppered with yellow-tail tuna, silky shark schools and the incredible hammerhead. The moment that I’ll never forget however is the moment our group witnessed two mating white-tips.  As we approached a wall at Roca Partida, we saw a hurricane of white-tips circling vertically. At first we were horrified, thinking one shark was being eaten by another but almost immediately out trepidation turned to excitement as we realized we were witnessing something very rare indeed; white-tips mating!!! So few people witness this event that we felt incredibly lucky. Second only to the rare mating ritual was observing a school of hammerheads swim by! On one of our first Roca Partida dives, our awesome dive master, Frankie, lead us out into the blue where after a few minutes we observed a school of 60-70 hammerheads swim by. All in all this trip was amazing! The Boiler – Delivers up close…

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  • Largest hermit crab in the world!

    Ok. This is slightly off-topic because the coconut crab is not indigenous to our waters, but it is so fascinating that I felt compelled to write about it. These monster crabs start life as ocean plankton.  They reach a certain size at which time they drop to the seabottom just like many other crab.  We have seen this behaviour on the back deck of the Explorer in which tiny little larvae washed onto the swim grid and literally transformed into tiny little crabs by the next morning. In common with other hermit crabs, they find a shell on the bottom and call it home.   Eventually they leave the ocean and settle on dry land, changing their shells as they grow larger.  According to Wikipedia, young coconut crabs that cannot find a seashell of the right size often use broken coconut pieces. Because of the monster size of these crabs, they finally outgrow their shells and develop a hardened carapace. Photo above is not retouched or photoshopped, they really get this big!! And can live up to 50 years. Captain Mike

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  • Everyone should see these great white sharks – Guadalupe, October 26th 2012

    I have had a great time.  Accomodation was comfortable.  Every aspect of the vessel was exemplary.  the shark diving was excellent.  this is best liveaboard vessel I have ever been on.    Brett Gilliam.   Today was the second dive of my life.   Last time was in Alaska when Captain Mike threw me in the water in a drysuit with a rangy grizzly bear on the beach.   I was not left with a warm and fuzzy desire to go back on the Nautilus Explorer but I was persuaded to join a Guadalupe Island trip.  Today was FANTASTIC!!   I would never have believed how beautiful and graceful the great white sharks are.  everyone should see this.  I’m going to Socorro Island for sure now.   Lalitha Rupesinghe.

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  • This was an extra special trip with most of the well known people in the dive industry onboard celebrating Stan Waterman's 89th birthday – Guadalupe, October 24th 2012

    We have just left Guadalupe Island and are heading back into the port of Ensenada in northern Baja California after our latest expedition to dive with the white sharks of Guadalupe. This week was an extra special trip put on by the Historical Diving Society. Featuring some of the biggest and most well known names in the industry including pioneers like Stan Waterman, Ernie Brooks, Howard and Michele Hall, Valerie Taylor and many more,  this trip was a celebration of Stan Watermans 89th birthday. For those who are not familiar with the name Stan Waterman he was involved in the filming of the original Jaws, Blue Water White Death and countless other productions. His voice is one of the most recognized in the industry as a narrator for underwater productions. This was my second time in the past 5 years that I have had the pleasure of having Stan onboard and he is as classy, witty and charming as the last time. He’s an amazing story teller and he has a lot of them to tell! We delayed our departure by a day while waiting for what was left of Hurricane Paul to pass through the area and finally got…

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  • My name is tim, I had the most rock bottom expectations of this Guadalupe Island trip. Guadalupe. October 7th, 2012.

    Since I was going to Vernon, tx for a week every spring break in texas.we had to wrangle certain samples of drapery and wall papper. Now wait what was I just talking about, anywho, we all get tired and exhausted about being promised this and that and ‘thrill of life time roller coaster to marital bliss fix up plus bears. ‘ This is that trip realized I believed. Take your friends and family and potential spouse and anybody else you think is a total fraud and you make them get in that cage. It forms opinions and bonds instantly or you realize who should work in the mailroom.  Guadalupe Island great white shark diving is a great trip in every sense of the phrase . the staff is a blast and truly dedicated to the cause of showing great white sharks and need to be protected because they give us a reason to live……….

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  • Does a great white shark poop in the ocean? Guadalupe. October 6th, 2012.

    Yes, and we have video evidence! Today was incredible at Guadalupe Island.. The bowel movement of the great white shark wasn‚t necessarily THE highlight, but it was pretty awesome (except for those who were trapped in the cage down current). The sharks were amazing today. If today was the only day we dived, I think everyone would have gone home happy. They circled the cage over and over and over. A few people got some love taps. The photos and videos by everyone in the group are so much fun to relive it all. At times, the sharks glide by so peacefully it‚s magical to watch. At other times, when someone (and we won‚t mention who˜SHANNON), sticks her GoPRO camera out on her monopod, we‚ve noticed one particular shark does not like it at all. But it does provide for some great footage 😉 All in all, this trip has been awesome. The crew is great. The sharks are beautiful. And we have another day of diving to add the icing to  the cake!

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