A BIG FISH EXPEDITIONS TRIP
Its hard to believe that this year could be better than last
year's whale shark expedition to Isla Mujeres but thats
exactly what happened!
During July and August we took six small groups of divers
out to see the whale sharks and no one went home
disappointed. We had one slowish day but even then there
were still a handful of whale sharks gliding by. For
16 days straight, we swam with hundreds of whale sharks and
witnessed all sorts of behaviors from vertical feeding to
whale shark trains (nose to tail swimming).
That in itself would have been spectacular enough but this
year we were also inundated with hundreds of Caribbean
mantas! There were so many one day that I could count 20
or more at once just by looking straight down.
We also had mobula rays and cownose rays that would swim by
in small groups throughout each day. It was a big animal diver's
heaven out there!
Each day I tried to upload a new image and comment onto Face
Book and looking back, those posts really tell the tale.
I've reposted all those pics and comments here so that you can see
how incredible it was. If you missed it this year, don't despair!
We have dates loaded already for next season but the boats
are filling fast so please book while you can:
Mujeres Whale Shark Expedition 2014
THIS YEAR'S DAY BY DAY ACTION:
ISLA MUJERES WHALE SHARS DAY ONE: An amazing
first day on the water. Whale sharks everywhere! And there
are mantas here this year!
ISLA MUJERES WHALE SHARKS DAY TWO: More crazy
whale shark action today. Conditions a little bumpy but no
one seemed to mind with all the action underwater.
ISLA MUJERES WHALE SHARK EXPEDITION DAY
THREE: Today we had another killer day at sea with hundreds
of mantas and whale sharks plus some mobulas! It was a
little bumpy out there making split frame shots a little
ISLA MUJERES WHALE SHARKS DAY FOUR: Last day
in the water with our first group But... more great action
today! Vertical whale sharks bobbing at the surface,
'flocks' of mantas and some killer photo ops!
ISLA MUJERES WHALE SHARKS DAY FIVE: Need I
ISLA MUJERES WHALE SHARKS DAY SIX: Today was
amazing! Lots of whale sharks and even more mantas than
we've seen before. Manta trains all over the place, mantas
barrel-rolling constantly, mantas and whale sharks swimming
together and Atlantic mobula rays swimming with their giant
manta cousins. Awesome... JUST AWESOME!
ISLA MUJERES WHALE SHARKS DAY SEVEN: It just
keeps getting better! The sharks have been consistently good
and the manta action just keeps getting better!
ISLA MUJERES WHALE SHARKS DAY EIGHT: There
were manta trains all over the place today. So many mantas
that I completly forgot about the whale sharks until I had
to get out of the way of them :)
ISLA MUJERES WHALE SHARKS DAY NINE: Wonderful
whale shark encounters today. Super clear water and
ISLA MUJERES WHALE SHARKS DAY TEN: Its
monotonously good out there Whale sharks, mantas, mobulas
and a lone cownose ray that stayed with me for hours but
refused to come close enough to photograph. I had a lot of
fun shooting manta mouths today.
ISLA MUJERES WHALE SHARKS DAY ELEVEN:
Finished another epic day by hanging out with this vertical
ISLA MUJERES WHALE SHARKS DAY TWELVE: What a
great last day with our third group of guests. The day
started a little slowly then the whale sharks rose up to
meet us in clearer than normal water. Tried to head to a
relaxing reef this afternoon but we hit a current line
filled with mantas and spend our last couple of hours
photographing them. Down below (deeper than I normally free
dive) a squadron of cownose rays swam back and forth. Never
thought I'd make it down there for this shot!
ISLA MUJERES WHALE SHARKS DAY THIRTEEN: First
day with our last group and we nailed it again! Whale sharks
everywhere plus mantas, mobula rays and those illusive
cownose rays. Bit bumpy out there today for silhouettes but
that just adds to the challenge :)
ISLA MUJERES WHALE SHARKS DAY FOURTEEN: Wow!
Killer day on the ocean. Hundreds of whale sharks and
endless mantas all afternoon. Two weeks at sea and I'm still
finding new angles to shoot these awesome creatures.
ISLA MUJERES WHALE SHARKS DAY FIFTEEN: The
whale sharks were stacked three or four deep today. It was
insane! One more crazy day and its all over till next year
ISLA MUJERES WHALE SHARKS DAY SIXTEEN:
Perfection. Whale sharks bottling (vertical feeding) all
over the place, mantas breaching, manta trains and multiple
whale sharks in the same shot. Can't wait to get back here
next year and do this again!
SOME OF THE GUEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS YEAR'S TRIP:
"My group had an AMAZING time!!!! I can't
wait to go on another trip! Not only was the shark diving
amazing but you guys make the trip fun and easy going.
Everything seemed very well organized and the quality of the
trip as a whole was top notch! I liked staying at Na Balam
much more than I would have at a large traditional hotel. I
never imagined we would see so many sharks AND mantas! The
mobula rays were a nice surprise as well. I have no
complaints or improvement suggestions.... just envy that I
can't do what you all do for a living ;-). Hopefully we'll
see you again soon! Thanks again for an unforgettable trip!"
Briauna Azan, Missouri, USA
"I know I speak for myself and everyone in
my group when I say that everything about the whale shark
trip was absolutely amazing! Great shark diving, great
people, great service. Andy and Laura are friendly,
passionate about what they do, and work hard to make sure
everything runs smoothly. It was a fantastic experience and
I would highly recommend it to anyone. I can't wait to take
more Big Fish trips in the future!!" Chuelo Arias, USA
"...planes, busses, ferries, taxis, dive
boats, through every aspect of our trip, Andy and Laura were
there making sure things went smoothly. It made the trip
much more enjoyable, as their experience from many previous
trips made our trip flawless, even laid back! . We are going
back next year, that says it all".. Nicki Miller 2013
"I have been on many Dive trips over the year's, and the
attention to detail on our Big Fish Expedition was
noteworthy. The knowledge that Andy shared about the
animals, and photographing them far exceeded my
expectations. I can't wait to go back next year!" Steve
"When it comes to Big Fish trips, your
Whale Shark adventure was second to none. Christine and I
had a blast. Thank you for all your preparations". -
Kathy Cope, USA
"I had the pleasure of returning to Isla
Mujeres with Andy Murch of Big Fish Expeditions for the
Whale Shark trip this year. It was one of the most enjoyable
expeditions I have been on. I like to photograph big animals
underwater and have been with Andy on several other trips.
Andy works very hard to make sure you are presented with
every possible opportunity to get shots of the targeted
species. In this case, the Whale Sharks. Not only did we
have the appearance of hundreds of Whale Sharks this year,
but also many Mantas. When you were waiting for a Whale
Shark to swim by, and those waits weren't long, you could
swim with the aerobatic Mantas as they looped and whirled
around and under the Whale Sharks.
On this trip as with others I have done with Andy, he and
his staff work with local, experienced, providers to get you
into the best situation to interact with the animals. In
Isla Mujeres, Andy made sure we were first on site in the
morning and had the peak time of day to shoot stills and
video of the sharks. Unlike other trips I have been on, Andy
ensures you maximize your time in the water rather than
getting just a few short and very controlled encounters.
Also, the accommodations were clean, comfortable and
affordable. If you are interested in top notch photographs
or the emotional high of being very close to such large
animals, then Big Fish Expeditions is the operator to go
with." - Dustin Hurbut, USA
"Thanks Andy for a totally amazing whale
shark trip. You and your boat captains were very
professional and so helpful with every aspect of the trip.
If anyone ever wonders who is is the best company to see the
whale sharks with it has to be Big Fish Expeditions, sign up
now for a trip of a lifetime!" -
Christine DiCurti, Fairbanks, Alaska
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