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  • DivemAster and Guest Blog – Whaleshark. Common dolphins and Sea lions in a flat, flat sea – Sea of Cortez – 20-21 Mar, 2011

    We started of this morning with help of a micro plane to spot whale shark. It took a good hour until the first big animal that the Pilot spotted was a grey whale instead. We still headed that direction and suddenly the grey whale got changed and we got a whaleshark instead so back to the original plan, We had headed quite a bit out of what use to be our normal whaleshark area , but for the better as the visibility was so much better here! With a depth of only 2-5 m and bright sun it was a…

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  • Lucy showed up with her signature maimed caudal fin looking fatter and healthier than ever before – superstitious Guadalupe departure – 28 SEPT 2010 – Captain's Log

    Old mother ocean decided to take it easy on us last night and blessed us with one of the nicest crossings of the season to Guadalupe Island and our favourite great white sharks. After departing our slip in Ensenada 2 minutes into Saturday morning to avoid the bad karma of a Friday departure (Captain Mike is very firm on adhering to this old sailor superstition) , we had smooth seas for the entire 185 miles to Guadalupe Island. I can’t help but think that if we had left 3 minutes earlier on Friday night that transit would not have been…

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  • Awesome video of mechanical great white shark plus guest and crew blog – Guadalupe Island – Sept 13, 2010

    We should get one of these mechanical high speed white sharks onboard the Nautilus Explorer!! We knew the Great Whites would be awesome… but who could of guessed the crew would be too! An amazing day…. sharks, breaching….what next synchronized shark swimming? Incredible is not enough to describe the experience today at Guadalupe Island. |The white sharks are huge and cruise these blue water carefree with serene fluidity.  At times when they came by sometimes solo or at times three or four of them within just a few meters of the cage.  .  The silver bars of the cage remind…

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  • Guest Blog – Sept.17/09

    Laurie: The water was crystal clear.  We dropped silently down in our steel cage, leaving the security of the Nautilus above to face what lay below.  Our eyes wide, we peered into the deep blue depths.  My heart was beating hard in my chest, my breaths were drawing sharp: I was about to come face to face with the king of the sea.  A few minutes later a shadow caught my attention.  To the right.  Slowly, calmly, it approached.  14 feet long, swift, and strong.  Closer. Closer.  And I was not afraid.  My heart slowed.  My breathing steadied.  Face to…

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  • Humpback whale kills a bald eagle

    Location: Inian Island, Icy Strait, southeast Alaska Interesting trip this last week with less diving than normal and a lot more inflatable and skiff excursions to watch, observe and photograph all the neat animals up here – humpback whales, bald eagles, stellar sealions, sea otters, puffins, cormorants, oyster catchers and even orca’s. It’s a private charter and we are happy to oblige as best we can in giving our guests exactly what they want. We are anchored a mile away from a stellar sealion colony and I was very excited yesterday afternoon to see a solitary transient male orca swim…

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  • New dive sites on San Benitos Islands

    Location: San Benitos Islands, Baja California, Mexico. We got up early today to move the Nautilus Explorer to a new place around the corner of San Benitos Island.  We were visited on the way by Mexican fishermen from the local cooperativa who were worried that we would snag their lobster traps or dive for their abalone.  When they saw we were not in that mission, they relaxed and were very friendly and easy.    We found this rock sticking up on the south side of the centre island and anchored right in close in 45 feet on a sand bottom and…

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  • The great white sharks are back at Guadalupe Island

    Location: Shark Bay, Guadalupe Island, Baja California, Mexico After a couple of days of white sharking that seemed to get progressively quieter and quieter, it was energizing to get “back on the money” and have the sharks back in full force today.   Diving conditions were quite a bit tougher than normal as we had to deal with a swell that was wrapping around Guadalupe and causing some rocking and rolling in Shark Bay.  It’s very unusual to have these kinds of sea conditions at Guadalupe Island.   But it was still diving as usual for our guests and we kept the submersible cage in…

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