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Cocos Island Trip Report: MV Sea Hunter Sept 24-Oct 4 2013

Discussion in 'Undersea Hunter Group' started by Undersea Hunter Group, Oct 9, 2013.

  1. Undersea Hunter Group

    Undersea Hunter Group Liveaboard

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Cocos Island, Costa Rica
    Cocos Island Trip Report: Undersea Hunter Group's MV Sea Hunter Sept 24-Oct 4 2013

    Galapagos Shark - Shmulik Blum/UnderseaHunter.com

    Our week in Cocos Island was full of abundant marine life. The standouts were schooling hammerhead sharks, a whale shark encounter, and very abundant Galapagos sharks. Hammerhead sharks have been favoring Manuelita Island, Dirty Rock and Alcyone for the last few months but this week we also saw schools in Chatham Bay, Pajara, and Punta Maria.

    As for our theory about a shift in shark territories, we can clearly see that tiger sharks can and will go wherever they want; Chatham Bay, Pajara, and all over Manuelita. Silky sharks haven't so much as shifted, as they have just made a reappearance. If you thought the days of a swarm of silky sharks during safety stops were long gone, it's time for you to return to Cocos and see for yourself. This bring us to another long absent shark; Silvertips. These large beautiful sharks (can reach 10ft/3m) with silver tips were once a common sight at Silverado (cleaning station for silvertips) but since their return they have been popping up at random dive sites. This week we saw them at Punta Maria.

    The whale shark encounter took place at Dirty Rock to the excitement of the Blue Team. In case sharks aren't your thing... we also had big schools of jacks at every dive site (see photo above), mantas in Chatham Bay and turtles in Alcyone, Dirty Rock, and Punta Maria.

    On the last day we took a hike on Cocos Island to stretch our legs and enjoy the stunning views. Then we packed up the ship and headed back to Puntarenas. The crossing was calm and we passed the time by watching the videos and pictures taken throughout the week. We welcome a new group of divers to the Undersea Hunter Family and look forward to their return - Cruise Director Federico

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