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© copyright by Avi Klapfer - Undersea Hunter Group
© copyright by Avi Klapfer
© copyright by Avi Klapfer - Undersea Hunter Group
© copyright by Avi Klapfer - Undersea Hunter Group
Small Dos Amigos was on FIRE this week!! At one point several huge Galapagos sharks shot back and forth like torpedos, along with hammerheads and a tiger shark. As we started our ascent we found ourselves completely surrounded by a giant school of mullet snappers. Then 5-6 more Galapagos sharks circled the pinnacle, and dolphins came to join the party when we reached the safety stop. In the words of our divemaster Jaume Pericas, it was “typical Cocos magic!”

Dirty Rock exceeded its reputation this trip, and on our very first immersion there we saw five different species of shark in 30 minutes. While waiting at the cleaning station, we watched hammerheads coming in, two massive Galapagos sharks swimming back and forth and even a 15-ft tiger shark that barrelled straight at us – not once, but twice. And let’s not forget the whitetips swimming around, plus a big blacktip. On our last dive at Dirty Rock, we saw a school of 100+ hammerheads at our safety stop.

At Punta Maria we saw a big school of bluefin trevallies hunting around the reef, plus a silvertip and of course the customary Galapagos sharks that rule the plateau. Submerged Rock was a very colorful dive, and the arch at Big Dos Amigos was covered in fish. Eagle rays were feeding at the entrance, completely oblivious to us – as if we weren’t even there.

Our night dives this trip were spectacular! We saw an influx in the numbers of whitetip reef sharks at Chatham Bay and at Ulloa – the reef was positively swarming with them. The cleaning stations at Manuelita were active with hammerheads coming in close, particularly at Manuelita Outside. We saw many hammerheads gathering in the blue into schools numbering in the 30s (and on our first day we even saw a baitball there!).

Both crossings were smooth as glass, and the ocean as flat as a lake. We enjoyed sunshine, fantastic visibility and very mellow currents all week. On the way back to mainland, we were running ahead of schedule (thanks to such a smooth crossing!) so we stopped to boat to take a swim in the middle of the Pacific. A massive mobula ray came to swim with us, making it the perfect end to a perfect trip.


Dive Conditions
Currents  
mild
strong
Visibility   55 ft / 17 m
Water Temp.   81°F / 27°C
Weather
Climate  
sunny
rainy
Sea  
calm
choppy
Crossings
to Cocos Island  
calm
choppy
to Puntarenas  
calm
choppy

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