Okeanos Aggressor Trip Report
April 7 to 17 - 2017
(Photos by Alberto Muñoz)
Average Water Temperature 82 F (28 Celsius)
Average Air temperature 86 F (30 Celsius)
We left pot very early and the crossing over to the island was easy and fast, we got there in no time and after a full night of good sleep and a fresh fruit breakfast we were up and ready for the dives, first day was good, visibility was weird meaning good a t time but all of the sudden this cold dark thermocline from the bottom would come and stirred the mid water fish and that is where we dive, anyways there were some hammerhead sharks, Marble ray were everywhere as they don’t like the cold they come up to us up close and personal. Some people claimed they saw the tiger shark.
Next day we headed over to Dirty Rock and Punta Maria, Dirty Rock was very good there I had my best hammerhead shark dive as they would come in little schools, they were all over and always going into the cool dark water and again the marble rays came and went into the cold trying to get away from the cold water.
This week we were very lucky weather wise, we only had a few hours of rain so most people were able to work on their tanning… beside we were able to make around the island visiting all of the good dive side, this day we dis Iglesias Bay, and just entering the water in Manta Corner we experience one of the most exciting sight in diving (my personal Opinion) there was this log in the water with little fish trying to find shelter in it, but the medium size fish came in for the hunt but as they tried to feast in the bait fish the big fish followed to hunt on the medium size fish and then the sharks came in to join the feast so no one was safe there this created what we call BAIT BALL, this action packed sight went on for almost one hour, I wanted to just die there as I left my camera behind cause my batteries had died the previous dive, but at least I had a Gopro camera and was able to get some of the action, my guest went nuts they all loved it and starting to call it the SARDINE RUN…., again this is an unique sight that only happens few time at year, the adrenaline while watching this is unexplainable, you can actually hear the crunching noise of the shark when they grab a fish, now this was the full moon day and the bait not being enough we saw it again on our third dive that very same day, I could not believe it this one time we also had dolphins, listen to this, on that first one, we saw Galapagos sharks, Black tip sharks, silky sharks, silver tip sharks and just as we started to surface a huge tiger shark went by… just AWESOME.
Our very last day of the week we did submerged rock and Manuelita, submerged rock had the arch loaded with fish, also some white tip sharks and marble rays, and as some of us were doing the safety stop a tiger shark showed up coming close to some of the divers.
Last dive Manuelita had lots to offer as I came down I realized the first cleaning station was loaded with hammerehads so I stayed there for more than fifteen minutes I was so focus on the hammers that I almost missed the tiger shark that has gone by, this week we had action nonstop form beginning to end.
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Thanks to all of our guests; Cari and Todd, Elin and Nils, Euvaldo, Claudia, Harumi, Itamar, Claudia, Ilse and Gerhard, Laurent, Jean F. Marcia G, Marcia V, Jean and Kristina, Max, Veronique and Bastien, Paulo, And Daniel For a great week of diving.