Trip Report: MV Sea Hunter May 8-18 2013

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Cocos Island, Costa Rica
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I'm a Fish!

This has definitely been a whale shark-tastic trip!!! The number of whale shark sightings was just insane, we saw them in different dives nearly every day!!! But that wasn't the only great experience that Cocos Island had in store for us…

After a calm crossing to the Island we did our first dives at Manuelita. Even with the slight drop in visibility our first dives were epic. The lucky yellow team saw their first whale shark of the week swimming alongside a manta! The second day was time to dive Punta Maria, where we saw plenty of Galapagos around the cleaning station. The hammerheads were everywhere at Dirty Rock, making it the best dive site of the week.

The night dive at Manuelita Coral Garden was packed with hunting whitetip reef sharks, making for a very exciting dive. The third day we went to the legendary Alcyone, where we usually expect to see hammerheads schooling, but this week we noticed and absence of big numbers of this shy shark, instead there were massive schools of bigeye trevally and big schools of mullet snappers.

The fourth day we decided to explore the south of the Island (Dos Amigos). After realizing where the best action was, we decided to head back to Dirty Rock and Punta Maria. The action at these sites was incredible! We continued to see whale sharks, hammerheads sharks, and Galapagos sharks!

There is absolutely no doubt that the reason this Australian group had lucky whale sharks encounters at every turn had something to do with their positive vibes and friendly fun loving attitude.

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