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Hello ocean lovers!
It’s really wonderful to share the unparalleled experience of diving in the submarine with passengers that have the same enthusiasm and passion for the ocean that we do. Nature reinforced this great vibe this week as we explored the depths of Cocos Island with passengers from aboard both the Argo and Sea Hunter.
We couldn’t have asked for a better first dive than the one we had this trip: mobulas made an appearance as we descended in the water column to reach the wall at 300m/1000ft. When we reached the wall we found it full of jellynose fishes and spider crabs (see photos). From what we could tell, there were a lot of small shrimps close to the wall on the sandy slope – and most of the deep water critters were there in abundance to take advantage of the “free food.” Upon the first minute of arriving to 300m/1000ft, we had a super exciting encounter with a 3m/10ft female prickly shark as we followed her swimming slowly into the abyss.
The rest of the week was practically like that first dive, and on every immersion there was something exciting awaiting us throughout each and every section of the water column. We had several hammerhead sharks coming in to visit us from 130m/400ft to 200m/660ft. Hundreds of threadfin bass and dozens of huge groupers swirled around the acrylic bubble as we set the submarine on the sandy bottom at 160m/530ft – right in front of the huge volcanic rocks “resting” on the platform on top of the wall.
For the next trip, the DeepSee will stay home for the ABS’ (American Bureau of Shipping) annual inspection. We’re looking forward for our next trip on the Argo, and to meeting more guests eager to visit and see what very few have seen and done before.