Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Guadalupe Trip Report-Divers Perspective

Shark Diver Sean Kendrick and 14 other wide eyed adventure seekers joined us us this season at Isla Guadalupe for our first expedition aboard the MV Horizon last week. Here's his report and images:

August 17, 2008

I got off the airplane in San Diego and for the first time in my life I stepped foot onto California soil. I was quickly greeted by the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and a mild ocean breeze. California was not my destination, but merely a stepping stone to a place I have dreamed about. A place that boasts of crystal clear water with 100 foot visibility, a place where great white sharks are known to congregate in the Fall. A place known as Isla Guadalupe (click link for full report)

Swim at Your Own Risk-Shark Attack Map

There's a great website that keeps us coming back month after month-it's called Swim at Your Own Risk. For those who keep track of the darker side of sharks and shark attacks this is your one stop shop for shark attack facts and real-time data:

Shark Diver Givaway-The Winner Is....

Last month Shark Diver in conjunction with the boys from 689Design Ocean Reef and Bathys dive watches offered the Trip of a Lifetime-an all inclusive 5 day adventure to Isla Guadalupe.

The numbers of entrants exceeded even our wildest calculations and after spending several weeks in Florida counting hanging chads, dimpled chads, and chaddy chads we said "Nuts to this" and picked someone at random out of a 1920's Top Hat found floating in the Atlantic after the sinking of the Titanic-true story.

O.K-The winner is....Jennifer McCormick

Congratulations we'll be calling you today to set up your next great adventure!

Isla Guadalupe Trip Report 8.26.2008

Another stellar week at Isla Guadalupe although our seasonal record was broken this week:

Hi All,

We didn't have the beautiful sunrises that we are accustomed to at Guadalupe the fog bank at the top of the 4000' island peak saw to that, but we had amazing weather to make up for it.

Glassy calm sea once again today with 80 degrees on the back deck under sunny skies once that fog broke. The water was a balmy 71 degrees, with vis in the 100 foot range. Sharking was slow this morning with deep passes being the norm. We broke our string of 44 straight cage rotations spanning two trips with at least one shark in play.

We had one rotation without a shark this morning...oh my! But we made up for it as the action got good this afternoon with 4 sharks arriving on scene by 1:30. The remainder of the afternoon was filled up with Mau and three others that we have not yet ID'd monopolizing the back deck and our divers attention.

We also had a 3 foot blue shark arrive on quickly left as it's larger cousins gave it a scare. Boy he walked off into the rough part of town!

We're now underway heading toward San Diego with 16 happy Shark Divers we'll update you if we see anything like last weeks Blue Whales and Hammerheads!

Adios,Captain Greg