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The DeepSee has just returned from yet another successful trip to Cocos Island! This time we explored three unique locations.
With co-pilot guests from all around the world we completed six dives for our submersible dive log, and as always found amazingly rare and new sights on the deepest side of the island.
During one dive to the northern part of “The Wall,” on the way down we encountered at around 200m/650ft many particles upwelling from the deep. Just as we landed on the sandy slope, just a few meters away from the edge of the wall we noticed some movement before our front lights – a transparent squid was flashing colors in from of the DeepSee's dome. This turned out to be just the start of hundreds of these squid moving relentlessly in front of our very eyes.
The last time we saw quantities of squid like this was about two years ago. Still we know very little about them. The ocean is full of mysterious surprises. It just goes to show you that on the sub you never know what you might encounter – this is the essence of exploration.
Throughout the week, we also conducted a shallow dive to 90m/300ft at the Everest seamount, which was fantastic as always. A strong thermocline was present at the top of the seamount, and we watched in awe as hammerhead sharks cruised around it on their way to the cleaning stations. Enormous schools of bigeye jacks, creolefish and mullet snappers were also there, reminding us that Cocos Island is truly an explosion of life.
Our next DeepSee voyage will be in April – so for those of you coming to Cocos later on this year and are thinking about joining us, take a minute to listen to Ryan and Lisa from the US as they share their DeepSee experience.