Friday, August 25, 2017

Six new sharks at Guadalupe Island


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This season has started out completely different from the last. Where we had lots of juvenile females early last year, this season it has been all males so far. On our last expedition, we saw 30 different Great White Sharks, with 6 of them being first timers.

The Marine Conservation Science Institute marinecsi.org is keeping the photo ID database and you can contact them if you are interested in naming one of these sharks. I don't want to keep referring to them as "Unknown 1" etc. Naming a shark is a great way to support the research and how cool would it be if you see "your" shark on sharkweek?

The only female we have seen so far this season is "Screaming Mimi". She is as active and curious as she was last year and has given our divers many memorable moments.

Aside from all the new sharks, we have also been visited by a lot of our regulars. Bruce, Bite Face, Chugey, Andy, Hunter, Silent Hunter Bolton, Ace, El Diablo, Johnny, Jacques, Mickey, Sad Face, ChumChum, Thor, Atlantis, Drogin, Joker, Monkey, Hooper, Horizon along with a few that are as of now unnamed, have all made an appearance. We had 30 different individuals on our last expedition!

Here are a few of our new sharks.

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To sponsor one of these beauties, contact MCSI here.

To join us on one of our expeditions, contact crew@sharkdiver.com or call 619.887.4275

Let's go shark diving!

Cheers,
Martin Graf
CEO Shark Diver

About Shark Diver. As a global leader in commercial shark diving and conservation initiatives Shark Diver has spent the past decade engaged for sharks around the world. Our blog highlights all aspects of both of these dynamic and shifting worlds. You can reach us directly at staff@sharkdiver.com.

Monday, August 14, 2017

The big white sharks are back at Guadalupe!


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We just got back from our second Great White Shark expedition to Guadalupe Island last night and are happy to report that the big boys are back in town! On our first day, Bite Face showed up. He has been present every single year, since we first met him in 2001. A little after Bite Face, Chugey made an appearance and chased some hangbaits by the cages. Chugey has been a regular since 2004. On day two, Bruce, one of the biggest males we regularly see came back. Bruce has also been there every season since 2001.

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Chugey with the Smyth family at Guadalupe Island

It is absolutely amazing to see how these sharks come back year after year. To think that we see the same individuals for this many years just blows my mind.

Aside from these guys we originally encountered during our first year at Guadalupe back in 2001, some of our other old time favorites showed up as well. Mau whom we first met in 2006, Johnny from 2005, Joker, Drogin and El Diablo from 2007 are all back. That is eight sharks that have all been there every single years for at least 10 years!

Jeanine with El Diablo
Of our more recent acquaintances, Monkey from 2011, Hooper and Luca Arnone from 2013, #186 from 2016 (he needs a name by the way, contact MCSI to sponsor his name) and finally Husker, Mickey and Poseidon who first showed up last year all made an appearance.

#205 Mickey
This season has been different from last year, where we encountered many small females in early August. This year it's been all males. It never ceases to amaze me that after all these years diving with the Great White Sharks at Guadalupe, they keep surprising us. For anyone trying to figure them out, in my experience, I find them to be predictably unpredictable.

Come join us on one of our expeditions and find out first hand that experiencing these amazing creatures in real life is completely different from anything you see on TV.

Call us at 619.887.4275 or email crew@sharkdiver.com for more info.

Let's go Shark Diving!

Cheers,
Martin Graf
CEO Shark Diver
About Shark Diver. As a global leader in commercial shark diving and conservation initiatives Shark Diver has spent the past decade engaged for sharks around the world. Our blog highlights all aspects of both of these dynamic and shifting worlds. You can reach us directly at staff@sharkdiver.com.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Which sharks are back at Guadalupe Island?


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We just came back from our first expedition of the year to Guadalupe Island, where we saw 12 different sharks. As is usual for this time of the year, the smaller males were the most frequent visitors to our cages. On our trip we saw the following sharks that are all in our photo ID database.

#107 Atlantis: He was the first shark that showed up on day one and stayed around all day.


#65 Johnny: He came really close to show off his new mutilation to his tail. He's now sporting a cut in the center of his caudal fin.



#206 Poseidon: He was super active and made may close passes by the cage.


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#97 Drogin: Drogin was his usual self. He's a super active shark, coming at the cages from all different directions, trying to steal a hang bait.


#188: We can't leave this shark without a name! How would you like to name him? Contact http://www.marinecsi.org/ and sponsor his name! Make it a cool one! He deserves it!


#149 Kenrick: He was one of the bigger males that showed up and swam around like he's the boss. He's still a sub-adult though and won't be the dominant one, once Bruce, Bite Face, Thor etc. show up.


#168 Sad Face: He was named last year, because he had bite marks that looked like a sad face on his side. This year those marks were barely noticeable, so it's a good thing that we can use the color markings to positively identify him.



#121 Don Julian: He's growing up. Last time I saw him, he was probably close to a foot shorter than he is now. Maybe in a couple of years he'll be mature.



#199 Who wants to name this awesome shark? Contact the Marine Conservation Science Institute to sponsor his name.

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#186 He came by with a bunch of pilot fish. He can also be named by contacting http://www.marinecsi.org/


#83 Joker He was pretty shy and didn't come close.


We also saw a young male with a cookie cutter bite on his head, but I didn't get any photos of him, so I couldn't identify him.

Tonight we leave for another trip. I can't wait to see who else is back at Guadalupe and am ready to meet some new sharks. Last year we added 29 new sharks to our database, how many will it be this year?

Come join us and get to know these awesome creatures. How great would it be to know the individual shark, next time you watch shark week? Call 619.887.4275 or email crew@sharkdiver.com for more information on how to join.
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Let's go shark diving!

Cheers,
Martin Graf
CEO Shark Diver

About Shark Diver. As a global leader in commercial shark diving and conservation initiatives Shark Diver has spent the past decade engaged for sharks around the world. Our blog highlights all aspects of both of these dynamic and shifting worlds. You can reach us directly at staff@sharkdiver.com.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Great White Shark "Lucy" in the media.


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Just as we are about to embark on our first Great White Shark expedition of 2017, there is a piece about Lucy, one of our favorite sharks, in the media. The piece is by none other than Lalo Saidy, our instructor on these expeditions.


Read all about what he had to say and see some great pictures of "Lucy" here.

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Come join me and Lalo on one of our expeditions this year. We have just a few spaces left. Let's find out if Lucy is back again and see who else shows up. Experience your own "real sharkweek" and discover what it's like to come face to face with a great white shark!

Call 619.887.4275 email crew@sharkdiver.com or visit www.sharkdiver.com for more information.

Lets go Shark Diving!

Cheers,
Martin Graf
CEO Shark Diver


About Shark Diver. As a global leader in commercial shark diving and conservation initiatives Shark Diver has spent the past decade engaged for sharks around the world. Our blog highlights all aspects of both of these dynamic and shifting worlds. You can reach us directly at staff@sharkdiver.com.