ICONIC WHITE WHALES
SOUTH AFRICA WAS AMAZING!
Its been a month since I returned from our
first South African Shark Safari and I still can't get that
incredible experience out of my head. With the possibility
of fourteen species of sharks I knew that it would be a good
trip but I had no idea how good. Cape Town is a shark
diver's paradise! On one memorable dive we slipped into a
beautiful kelp forest amid a handful of broadnose sevengill
sharks and then swum amongst five species of catsharks that
were hunting on the reef. A couple of shy spotted gully
sharks also made a brief appearance making a total of seven
species on one dive alone! That would be enough to set the
West Cape apart from almost every other dive site in the
world but just a
few kms away from the reef is Seal Island where you can also dive
with hunting great white sharks and still be back in time to
watch African penguins waddling along the beach in the
SEE THE SHARK
IMAGES AND READ THE FULL REPORT HERE
By the end of that amazing week, I was so impressed by
South African shark diving that I immediately booked dates
for 2014. Join me in Cape Town next year if you can:
2014 WEST CAPE SHARK SAFARI.
sharing a few pics on
Big Fish Expedition's Facebook Page this
trip is already almost full so please contact me asap if you'd like
A NEW BIG FISH EXPEDITION:
THE SARDINE RUN
With so much world class diving on offer, it
would be crazy to go all the way to South Africa for just one adventure.
So, next year after the Cape Town Shark Safari, Big Fish
Expeditions is staying in South Africa for the world famous
Sardine Run. For most people the Sardine Run needs no
introduction but for anyone that has been living in a bubble,
the Sardine Run occurs each year when cold upwellings force
millions of sardines to the surface. The resulting river of
bait-fish is so enormous that sharks, dolphins, whales,
diving birds and huge schools of tuna congregate off the Wild Coast of South
Africa in record numbers to feast on the oil rich fish. The bait-ball action
that sometimes occurs at this time is one of the most spectacular oceanic
events on the planet. Join me in the thick of it!
Just on its own,The Sardine Run would be an
epic event but to make our expedition even more special, I
am combining the Sardine Run with some exploratory chumming
dives for endemic catsharks on the inshore reefs of the Wild
Coast and with offshore, blue water, baited dives for bronze
whaler sharks, oceanic blacktips and any other shark species
that show up to feed. Join me on the
2014 SARDINE RUN AND WILD COAST SHARK SAFARI Just
one spot left!
ANOTHER NEW BIG FISH EXPEDITION:
CANADIAN BELUGA WHALES
I'm very excited to bring you this new trip!
Each summer, thousands of Beluga Whales congregate in Hudson
Bay to feed, breed and socialize. Join me on a ground
breaking expedition to swim with and photograph these iconic
white whales in their natural environment. We will spend
four mornings swimming among large pods of belugas. These
are extremely curious animals so it is likely that they will
approach us very closely.
In the afternoons we'll drive into the tundra
and look for topside wildlife such as polar bears that
forage on berries during the arctic summer. And then on our
final day, we will trade in our zodiac for a proper tour of
the tundra on the world famous tundra buggy. This is an
adventure that you will remember forever! Join me in
Churchill, Manitoba for the
CANADIAN WHITE WHALE
WHAT ELSE IS BUBBLING...
BASKING SHARKS WITH COLD FEET
Last week we were in Scotland searching for
basking sharks. Scotland was ruggedly beautiful but because
of a very late spring that brought unseasonably cold
weather, the sharks did not arrive as predicted. We saw a
couple of sharks breach but there was no opportunity for
in-water encounters. It was tough luck but if you go on
enough trips this will inevitably happen sooner or later. We
had a great group so everyone had a good time anyway and we
did get to dive with seals and other Scottish marine life
and explore some interesting reefs around Tobermory. Next
year we'll be back there to finish what we started!
WHALE SHARK SEASON IS FINALLY HERE!
Next week we begin our whale shark season in Isla Mujeres,
Mexico. I'm happy to report that the sharks have already
arrived in their hundreds so we're expecting some great
encounters over the next few weeks. We have just two spots
open from August 2-7. So if you want to swim with the
world's biggest fish please drop me an email.
While we're in Isla Mujeres, I am hoping to
put together a film about this unique aggregation of
enormous animals and the problems that they are facing. I'll
let you know how that went after this year's trip.
BACK ON THE HUNT FOR RARE SHARKS &
ILLUSIVE TORPEDO RAYS FOR ELASMODIVER.COM
Fish Expeditions would not exist if it wasn't for the
Elasmodiver.com. The Elasmodiver database remains one of
the largest collections of shark and ray images on the
internet and is an unbiased source of shark diving
information. The images on Elasmodiver are frequently used
by conservation groups to help push through regulations and
treaties aimed at protecting sharks and rays (aka
elasmobranchs) around the world.
After our whale shark trips, I am heading to
California to look for a very illusive deepwater shark and
to try to add some other elasmos including the Pacific
torpedo ray to the Elasmodiver database. If you happen to
see any along the southern California coast in August,
please drop me a line!
Then at the end of August I'm back in Rhode
Island for a sold out
Shark Safari. After the charter I'll be shore diving for
a few days around Rhode Island and Massachusetts to hunt for
more endemic sharks and rays. Specifically, I'd like to
track down an Atlantic torpedo ray so if you're diving up
that way and know where they're hanging out this year,
please email me with info!
MARLIN MADNESS IN MEXICO
We are planning a quick trip to Argentina to
chase illusive sharks in November and then in early December
I have an exciting Big Fish Expeditions trip to Baja for a
week of chasing striped marlin, whales, mola mola and
sharks. When the sardines are running, Baja's west coast is
a dynamic place to dive where anything can show up to feed.
Join me there for a week of adventure!
2014 ORCA OPENING!
Finally, I have one spot that opened up on my
Killer Whale trip to Norway in January. If you want to swim
with one of the largest predators in the sea, this is your
See you down there,
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