BIG ANIMAL DIVING
WHALE SHARKS AND UNEXPECTED MANTAS
This year's Whale Shark Expedition to Isla
Mujeres was off the chart. On a good day during whale shark
season we generally see scores of whale sharks feeding at
the surface. This summer except for one slightly slow day,
we spent everyday in the presence of hundreds of whale
sharks! But that's not all. This year, mixed in with whale
sharks were hundreds of feeding manta rays. Where they came
from and why they showed up this season is anyone's guess
but it was wonderful to spend three weeks surrounded by the
biggest sharks and the biggest rays on the planet! Lets hope
the mantas come back for our
Whale Shark Expeditions
in 2014. Follow this link to the full trip report
and some amazing images:
Sharks 2013 Trip Report
BETWEEN BIG FISH EXPEDITIONS
After Isla Mujeres, we embarked on a shark
diving road trip down to California. We came home with some
great new shark pics for
images of tope sharks. We also tried to find
prickly sharks off of Monterey. Night diving in deep, murky,
cold water in the red triangle was a little creepy but its
the only known place to shoot this deepwater species without
using a submersible. Next year we will try again!
NEW ENGLAND MAKOS, BLUES AND 50+ SPINY
In September, Big Fish Expeditions went to
Rhode Island. The seas were sometimes rough (as you would
expect in New England) and we had a few boat problems but we
all got to encounter blues and makos. And... our
experimental chumming on an inshore wreck was a huge
success! We had around 50 spiny dogfish sharks show up to
the shark feed and managed to get some great images. Read
New England Shark Safari
2013 Trip Report
NEXT UP, THE PHILIPPINES!
We are heading off on a scouting trip to the
Philippines in October. Hoping this will become a Big Fish
Thresher Shark Expedition next year so stay tuned!
MARLINS AND MEXICAN HORN SHARKS
In December we have a sold out trip to dive
with striped marlin in Baja. It should be an awesome
Before the guests arrive, I'll be heading
north to Loretto to see if I can find the illusive Mexican
horn shark. I've seen their eggs on some of the deeper dive
sites around that area of the Sea of Cortez so I know
they're around. Perhaps the colder winter water will be the
key. Wish me luck!
After Striped Marlins, Big Fish is heading
to Sri Lanka to chase blue whales (sold out) and then to
Norway to swim with Killer Whales. That trip has been so
popular that I am running a second trip in 2015. Space is
very limited so if you want to swim with these amazing
animals and dive on Norway's pristine reefs, please let me
know as soon as possible!
KILLER WHALES 2015
BIMINI GREAT HAMMERHEADS
One spot has opened up on our Bimini trip so
jump in if you relish the thought of close encounters with
great hammerhead sharks.
I am heading to Bimini straight from Norway. I'm sure
I'll get some interesting looks going into The Bahamas in my
snow parka and winter boots :)
Two spots left on our 2014 Sailfish Trip.
Here is a reminder of the epic action you can experience
when the sailfish are attacking a bait ball, check out this
WORLD CLASS DIVING AT SOCORRO
Just three spots left on our Socorro trip
next March. Socorro is one of the most well rounded
destinations that you'll ever have the pleasure of diving.
And, its a quick hop down to Cabo to catch the boat. Expect
mantas, hammerheads, silkies, galapagos sharks, whales,
dolphins, turtles, octos and more. You'll probably see ALL of these
species in a week at Socorro. Come see for yourself:
SOCORRO EXPEDITION 2014
TIGER BEACH, SOUTH AFRICA, SCOTLAND AND
We have another sold out trip to
BEACH in April. We're booking spots in 2015
already so if you can plan that far ahead we look forward to
hearing from you!
SOUTH AFRICAN SHARK SAFARI
Then we fly back to Cape Town to dive with
more shark species than you can find on any other dive trip
that I know of. One spot just came open so
please let me know if you want to dive with great white
sharks (cage diving), makos, blue sharks, sevengill sharks,
spotted gully sharks, pyjama sharks, leopard catsharks,
yellowspotted catsharks, brown shysharks, puffadder
shysharks and natal shysharks. Then there's penguins, fur
seals and a game drive to see elephants, cape buffalo,
cheatahs, rhinos and all the other terrestrial animals that
Africa is famous for. Don't miss this action packed
CAPE SHARK SAFARI
Then we have our very unique
AFRICAN SARDINE RUN AND WILD COAST SHARK SAFARI
and then its time to fly back to Scotland to
SWIM WITH BASKING
In July we're going to Alaska to dive with
Salmon Sharks and to snorkel with the salmon as they head
upriver. One spot left!
SALMON SHARK EXPEDITION
And then we head back to Isla Mujeres to
WITH WHALE SHARKS. I'll have my drysuit with me
in Mexico so that I can zip up to Churchill, Manitoba to
lead our new
BELUGA WHALE EXPEDITION
and then fly straight back to Cancun to lead the
EXPEDITION. My good friend Rodrigo Friscione
just came back from Chinchorro Banks with some fantastic
shots and reports of great crocodile encounters. I can't
wait to get down there and run this trip!
TWO KILLER NEW TRIPS ON THE 2014 SCHEDULE!
MAKO SHARK SAFARI
Don't get me wrong, New England is a great
place to dive with blues and makos but there are lots of
other destinations to dive with them too. For a change of
pace, next year Big Fish
is heading to sunny California where the water is blue and
the sharks are plentiful!
As well as free diving with blue and mako
sharks we will be scuba diving around some of Southern
California's Channel Islands where we can find Pacific angel
sharks, horn sharks and a number of other shark species.
This is going to be an amazing adventure: four days on a
liveaboard chasing sharks in the sharkiest state in the USA.
Join us there!
CALIFORNIA MAKO SHARK
MEXICAN BULL SHARKS
Each November, many large bull sharks
congregate off the beaches of Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Many
of them are pregnant females that
stay in the area until early March and then head into
shallow bays to pup before disappearing until the next
season. By late November the bulls have reached their
maximum strength; sometimes up to 20+ bull sharks on a dive.
This is a thrilling encounter that will
impress the most jaded shark diver. Join us next
November in Playa del Carmen; the playground of Mexico:
2014 BULL SHARK
MEET THE TEAM
A few years ago I ran my first trip to Tiger
Beach. It was such a fun trip that I decided to run it again
the following year and I added a whale shark trip. Three
years later, Big Fish Expeditions has 18 different trips on
the schedule and there are more on the way!
Its been an amazing adventure and I will
continue to lead most of the expeditions but I'm very happy
to announce that Big Fish has some new Expedition Leaders to
share the fun with.
Meet the team:
FISH EXPEDITIONS DIVE TEAM
See you down there,
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All Year Long!