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© copyright by Emile Sautaux

© copyright by Emile Sautaux
© copyright by Emile Sautaux
© copyright by Emile Sautaux
“Undersea Hunter continues to be one of the premiere live aboards I have ever worked on. As an underwater cinematographer, I truly appreciate the passion, positive attitude, professionalism and deep knowledge and respect for the wildlife and dive sites. This is a world-class operation and fantastic crew. They always put me in the right place to get the best shots. The DeepSee submersible is a life-changing experience and wonderfully unique platform for filming. Thank you to the whole team for yet another successful Cocos filming adventure.” -- National Geographic Director of Photography Jon Betz
Now for the rest of the trip highlights:
We had a professional cinematography crew aboard the Sea Hunter working on a project for Nat Geo this week. They also utilized the DeepSee submersible to film, which was aboard our sister ship the Argo and coincided with this voyage.

And what a week to be diving Cocos Island! This expedition we had action-packed encounters with hammerheads, mobula rays, whale sharks and huge schools of jacks...sometimes all in one dive!

Dirty Rock and Alycone were the overall stars in terms of dive sites. As our dive guide Juan Manuel put it, they were “exploding with hammerheads” both streaming into the cleaning stations and congregating together in massive schools out in the blue. To top it off, at both Dirty Rock and Manuelita we saw whale sharks -- one of which was over 4 meters in length!

At Chatham Bay we saw a tiger shark (on our check-out dive, nonetheless!). We had close encounters with silvertip sharks out in the blue at Small Dos Amigos, humpback whales in Chatham Bay and a massive manta ray at Manuelita Coral Garden. Afternoon dives at Pajara were packed full of smaller creatures, including bright orange frogfish and triggerfish mating.

As to be expected for this time of year, the weather was pretty rainy -- but the diving was so good that we didn’t care one bit about the weather. We just can’t wait to return to Cocos!

Dive Conditions
Currents  
mild
strong
Visibility   50 ft / 15 m
Water Temp.   79°F / 26°C
Weather
Climate  
sunny
rainy
Sea  
calm
choppy
Crossings
to Cocos Island  
calm
choppy
to Puntarenas  
calm
choppy

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