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Our pilots find it very interesting how much the island changes from trip to trip! Our last trip was less than one week apart, and despite the fact that water temperature, light and currents vary so little the wildlife can vary a lot!
The water column was clearer than ever this voyage, and full of gelatinous critters that attracted lots of mobula rays. Toward the end of one of our dives we spotted 5 of them gliding on top of the wall’s drop-off at 660ft/200m.
Going down on our deep dives to 1000ft/300m, we encountered hammerheads, tunas and silky sharks in the body of water before reaching the bottom.
The wall was full of groupers which love to follow the sub to use her lights for an easier hunting of prey. Jellynose fish (see photo) were also found in on every dive from 5-20 individuals, in action hunting shrimps, box crabs and even a moray eel at 290m/970ft!
On the rocks at 165m/550ft we found most of the groupers were ready to “burst” with huge pregnant bellies, along with scorpionfishes, frogfishes, king crabs, brotulas, nudibranchs and m
Last but not least, our “shallow” dive to the Everest dive site at 80m/270ft brought us a whale shark sighting, plus Galapagos sharks, hammerheads and loads of reef fish.
We thank all of our 15 passengers from the Argo, Sea Hunter and Okeanos for sharing with us these fantastic moments of fascinating encounters.
We hope to see all of you Cocos island future comers onboard the DeepSee!