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Hammerhead in Anilao!

Discussion in 'Philippine Paradise Divers' started by wershwie, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. wershwie

    wershwie DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Manila, Philippines
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    Hi everyone!

    I just wanted to share the fact that we actually saw a HAMMERHEAD in KOALA yesterday afternoon! WUHOO!!!

    Egad... I thought it was just a crazy, GIANT black tip until my friends started to make the hammerhead signal. My dive buddy got to record a quick video of it, but since viz wasn't so good I edited it into b&w to bring out more of its silhouette. You can view the video HERE.

    We're still trying to figure out whether it was a great hammerhead or a scallop hammerhead. It was definitely around 5m long, which would be too big for a scallop, but we couldn't really check its dorsal's shape to classify it as a great hammerhead. If it were a really big scallop, it's probably their "security shark", scoping out the area first. Wouldn't it be nice to think there's a school there, somewhere, waiting for news? Hehehe ;P
     
  2. Ben_ca

    Ben_ca Barangay Pasaway

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: SF Bay Area
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    Wow... Nice. Hopefully it'll hang around :)
     
  3. iris_ice

    iris_ice Marine Scientist

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    wow! that's great!

    can't believe how marine life's changed in anilao since i got certified in 2005.
     
  4. Izel

    Izel Barangay Pasaway

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    Location: Philippines
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    Agree! Even the corals are in bloom.

    So that may mean there could be prey in the area worth their while. Hmmm. Awesome and scary!!! hehehe

    We dived Koala twice in March (or was it Feb?) and I did noticed schools of parrot fish and surgeons congregating in the area. Is that delicious enough? I would think they'd rather like to eat bigger game.

    Regards,
    Gi
     
  5. kwhkg

    kwhkg Barangay Pasaway

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: makati, philippines
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    the Link to the video doesnt work
     
  6. fuggler

    fuggler Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Daly City, CA
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  7. Xizang

    Xizang Tech Instructor

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    wow, i really need to go home already
     
  8. Mampsa

    Mampsa Barangay Pasaway

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Manila, Philippines
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    Nice! Thanks for sharing!

    What time did you spot the hammer and what depth? :)
     
  9. blue steal

    blue steal Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Southern California/Redondo Beach area
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    Cool, thanks for sharing. Can't wait to get back to Anialo, 3 more weeks and counting.
     
  10. Karl_H

    Karl_H DIR Practitioner

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    Wow! Nice video, there definately seems to be a few more large sharks visiting Anilao these days, we've manged to see a big thresher shark twice (about 3m) in the past few months around Lipgo island (probably the same one?) but certainly not a hammerhead!

    Lets just hope the authorities don't let another whale shark incident happen to another large visitor to Anilao!!!

    I'll be trying to do a few more dives along the Koala to Arthur's stretch in the next few weeks :) Thanks for sharing the video and info!

    Karl
     

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