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Great white shark diving at Guadalupe Island in Mexico


As you can see from the pictures, Guadalupe Island delivered some amazing great white shark action this year. From the moment we dropped anchor, white sharks started gathering under our boat and they stayed until the very end of the last day when we pulled anchor and headed back to the mainland.

There were always one or two sharks close to the boat. At the busiest point we counted 8 different white sharks at the same time but there may have been even more just beyond our range of vision.


Diving with two great white sharks


As well as exceptionally good great white shark action, we were fortunate enough to have crystal clear water and flat calm seas so the photographic opportunities were outstanding. Watching these enormous predators swim gracefully by while shards of sunlight rippled off their backs was a magical scene.


Great white shark at Guadalupe Island


It has been a few years since I visited Guadalupe Island and I was keen to shoot the action from as many different angles as possible to convey the changing moods of the island. Fortunately, the current held the boat in the perfect position to capture endless sunsplashes as the afternoons drew to a close.


Great white shark diving


With such mill pond flat conditions it was a great opportunity for some of the photographers in the group to try their luck at split shots - images that capture the the terrestrial world and the aquatic realm at the same time. After a little trial and error I realized that the best way to nail good over/under images of white sharks was to skip a couple of turns underwater and sit on top of the cages instead. That way I could dip my camera right in the path of the sharks while the wrangler drew them past me.


Split frame of great white shark diving in Mexico


Traditionally, the divers get out of the water at sunset but the action was so good that we stayed in or on the cages long after the sun had disappeared behind the island. That led to some epic shots of white sharks appearing from the inky darkness.


Great white shark diving at night


Not everyone brought a camera. Some guests just wanted to experience the rush of an enormous great white shark sliding by them within touching distance.


A big great white shark and cage diving


The mission of the shark wranglers was not to actually feed the sharks but to encourage them to stay near the cages. However, some of the more persistent sharks eventually stole a scrap or two by launching at the hang baits from odd angles that the wranglers couldn't see.


Great white shark taking the bait while diving


Occasionally, the sharks would make a run at the bait and end up pressed up against one of the cages. Fortunately, the sharks are hardy enough to come away completely unscathed and the cages are robust enough to withstand the impact.


A big great white shark next to some cage divers


We stayed in the cages until the light levels dropped so low that our cameras could no longer focus. Snapping sharp focus portraits of white sharks framed against the blackness was an interesting new challenge. Eventually, we reluctantly climbed waterlogged back on deck to warm up and begin the downloading process to make room for more images the following day.


Great white shark diving at Guadalupe Island in Mexico


By the end of our fourth day at sea, we had seem more individual white sharks than I have ever seen on a trip to Guadalupe. Some sharks we were able to identify in our ship's white shark guide - a thick photographic index of all the white sharks seen at Guadalupe to date. One of the easiest sharks for us to spot was Mele a large male that has a distinctive growth on one cheek.


Great white shark named Mele


Each year at Guadalupe the male white sharks arrive first. by September the females are starting to trickle in so it was nice to see a few females in the mix on our trip.


A large female great white shark diving at Guadalupe Island.


Check out the some of the highlights in this great white shark video by John Dickinson:



At the end of the trip we got back to land later than intended because one of the ships motors had some issues but other than that it was an epic adventure with a great group of shark fanatics. Next year we will be back at Guadalupe but in October when the sharks are even bigger! Join us there:




Great white shark, cage diving and a wrangler.


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Andy Murch Trip Leader

Andy Murch


Andy Murch is a fanatical big animal diver.

He has photographed and dived with more sharks than most people on this planet and he's very good at it.

Andy's images and shark stories have appeared in hundreds of books and magazines around the world from titles as varied as Canadian Geographic, Scuba Diving, FHM, Digital Photography,  and the Journal of Zoology.

Andy is the Creator of the ever expanding Shark and Ray Field Guide on Elasmodiver


When not running big animal expeditions or on photographic assignments, Andy lives and dives on Vancouver Island, Canada


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