GREAT WHITE SHARK DIVING 2016
Guadalupe Great White Shark
Diving Expedition 2016 in a nutshell:
2016 was another successful trip. A bit windy but with
plenty of shark action and great visibility.
This year, we went to Guadalupe in October when the big
females are around. The 12ft/4m males that show up in August
and September are still there at that time but they are
joined by the larger females that can attain lengths of
20ft/6m. Most of the time, the females that we see are in the 14-16ft/4.5-5m
range but they are still very impressive animals.
always, there were a few slow periods in the cages but most
of the time we had two or three sharks in attendance. At one
point I'm sure I counted 5 different animals coming in an
out of view. I would guess that we saw around ten different
animals while we were there.
The great thing about Guadalupe Island is that the sharks
are used to divers and therefore far from shy! Some of the bolder great whites gave us
a few extremely close
passes. Now and then, one would even bump the cage.
is important to point out that they
never acted aggressively towards the divers. When they did
bump the cages,
they were actually just following the bait towards to the bars.
Occasionally, when they did this, they would inadvertently
make contact as they were turning to swim away.
Regardless, it was a thrill for anyone who was in the cage
at the time!
mentioned, we had a bit of wind which limited some photo
angles. When conditions permit, I like to try my luck at
split frame shots as I feel that images of the white sharks
with the island in the background
succinctly tell the story of the whole adventure.
wasn't that bad but it made the cages a bit bumpy at times
and there were a lot of bubbles right at the surface so this
year's split shots won't be winning any awards :)
Most of our guests took a turn or two in the deep cage. I
stayed in the shallow cages or on the deck so I have no pics
to post from that perspective, but fortunately, there was plenty
of activity in the surface cages to keep shooting.
There are only so many white shark images that I can squeeze
into a trip report so if
you would like to see
LOTS MORE IMAGES OF
GREAT WHITE SHARKS AT GUADALUPE ISLAND, please visit our
new Flickr page where you can see all of this year's trip
albums. I'll be loading trip image folders for each new trip
from now on - whenever I come up
Next year we are heading back to Guadalupe again for more
great white shark action. We'll be there in September when
there probably aren't quite as many females but (in my experience) there
are way more sharks overall so the action is more consistent. If
you've never made it to Guadalupe, this is your chance to
cage dive with great white sharks!