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© copyright by Shmulik Blum

© copyright by Shmulik Blum
© copyright by Genna Marie Davis, Costa Rica Blue
© copyright by Shmulik Blum
On our very first “check out” dive in Chatham Bay, we encountered a huge tiger shark -- one of the most exciting ways to start a trip! Later that afternoon in Manuelita Channel we saw two frogfish, a Galapagos shark and a WHALE SHARK. Then, just around the corner at Manuelita Outside, we observed incredible cleaning behavior, the whale shark again and a mobula ray, and a massive school of hammerheads in the blue! What a dream come true, and all checked off the list on our very first day! Cocos magic.
Now for the rest of the trip highlights:
We had not one, but THREE whale shark sightings in a row at Punta Maria, Manuelita Channel and Manuelita Outside. On one day we even went to Punta Maria twice in a row just to see if we could find it again, and we succeeded for the second dive -- there it was making the rounds! Later, we also saw another whale shark at Alcyone, more toward the end of the week.

There were Galapagos sharks all over the place at Punta Maria!! We saw them circling the cleaning station. There were also at least 12 Galapagos sharks circling us a few hours later at Dirty Rock on that same day -- a truly spectacular sight. They were extremely active the last two days all around Manuelita, coming in very close to the rocks to be cleaned.

Enormous schools of hammerheads were out in the blue at Dirty Rock (at one point we spent 45 minutes with a huge school of 150+ individuals out in the blue!!) and Manuelita Outside, and at times Alcyone. Other favorite moments this week included swimming beside unbelievably large schools of jacks, a marlin sighting, and a daytime feeding frenzy attended by countless whitetips.


Dive Conditions
Currents  
mild
strong
Visibility   87 ft / 27 m
Water Temp.   80°F / 27°C
Weather
Climate  
sunny
rainy
Sea  
calm
choppy
Crossings
to Cocos Island  
calm
choppy
to Puntarenas  
calm
choppy

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