Cocos Island Trip Report: MV Sea Hunter June 21-July 1 2013

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Cocos Island, Costa Rica
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21Jun-01Jul 2013 MV Sea Hunter Guestbook of this trip

Whitetip reef sharks on the night dive to Manuelita Coral Garden

Close up hammerhead shot by Dr. Ritter

Whale Shark at Dirty Rock by Torsen Giebel

School of Jacks and a diver

On this trip to Cocos Island we were joined by a group of old friends from WIRODIVE Divers. As a special guests, WIRODIVE brought along Dr. Erich K. Ritter, a specialist in behavioral ecology and a professional applied shark-human interaction specialist. Dr. Ritter is also the head of SharkSchool™, an institution that teaches divers (and others) how to interact with sharks, what to look for when entering the water and most importantly how to feel safe among sharks.

When we arrived the weather in Cocos was partly cloudy, but that didn't dampen the mood. The flowing waterfalls and lush green landscape more than made up for the overcast skies.

The action started form the very first dive in Chatham Bay. We saw a majestic tiger shark that came very close to the divers. There was also one female, about 3.5 m, that seemed to continuously come around and visit with us throughout the dive, giving photographers plenty of angles to snap the perfect shot.

On our second dive to Manuelita Island we saw a school of mobula rays and many hammerheads, this gave us a good indication of the great week of diving to come. The days passed and the dives were getting better and better. Crystal clear water and incredible diving awaited us in Dirty Rock. We saw hundreds of hammerheads, eagle rays and even a huge whale shark.

In addition to the terrific schools of hammerheads at Alcyone, there were also gigantic schools of bigeye jack that accompanied us throughout the ascent enveloping us in a tornado of fish.

To sum it all up, the best dive site this week was Dirty Rock and Manuelita Outside, and the runner-up, because of the consistent tiger shark encounters, went to Manuelita Channel.

The adventures continued on the island itself, where we had the opportunity to hike from Wafer to Chatham Bay, while enjoying the stunningly bright blue color of the sea as it reflected the faint rays of sunshine. We concluded our hike with a nice dip in the small waterfall in Chatham Bay and then observed the legendary carvings on the rocks by pirates and old visitors to the Island.

By Cruise Director Fed and Dive Guide Mao

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