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© copyright by Shmulik Blum

© copyright by Shmulik Blum
© copyright by Shmulik Blum
© copyright by Shmulik Blum
This was a very hammerhead-heavy trip to Cocos Island!!

Alcyone was phenomenal, with a huge school of hammerheads right on top of the rock. The massive school of mullet snappers in the blue was also amazing, but completely overshadowed by the immense schools of hammerheads!!!

Dirty Rock delivered some truly unforgettable dives, with lots of hammerheads at the cleaning station and also schools of them circling us in the blue at the safety stops! Then add the dizzying schools of jacks, and it was just amazing.

We had a downright spectacular dive at Submerged Rock, with so much life in the cave it was amazing!! Hammerheads were all over the place, coming in super close to be cleaned. Cleaning station action was also hot at Manuelita, both at the cleaning stations and also out in the blue. At one point, curious dolphins passed in front of us at the safety stop.

This week’s highlight around Manuelita Island, more than anything else, were the tiger shark sightings. One of the hammerheads our dive guides affectionately named “Pinoccio” for its damaged nose, has returned to the island after a long absence. It also has a black spot on its front, and it had been marked by scientists many years ago.

Punta Maria was fantastic. Visibility there was stellar, and we saw hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, two different tigers and a pinnacle that was simply full of life. Pajara also gave us some star afternoon dives, including the usual macro life, a silvertip shark and -- last but not least -- a whale shark!!! There was amazing visibility of 100+ft at Dos Amigos Pequeno, where we encoutered lots of hammerheads and Galapagos sharks. At Dos Amigos Grande we saw a tiger shark near the arch.

Alcyone was on FIRE our last day at the island, and we saw walls of hammerheads so thick you couldn’t see through them! Our seasoned dive guides estimated the schools numbered upwards of 300+ individual hammerhead sharks.

Dive Conditions
Currents  
mild
strong
Visibility   77 ft / 23 m
Water Temp.   74°F / 23°C
Weather
Climate  
sunny
rainy
Sea  
calm
choppy
Crossings
to Cocos Island  
calm
choppy
to Puntarenas  
calm
choppy

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