|Great White Sharks
Isla Guadalupe, Mexico
|Isla Guadalupe is a protected marine area that lies 186 nautical, or 214
statue miles, off the Baja southeast of Ensenada, Mexico, and is a
gathering place for Great White Sharks.
All diving was from the a cage.
|We sailed aboard the Nautilus Belle Amie for about 20 hours before setting anchor next to Isla Guadalupe.
(Sorry, I had to steal a picture of the boat, left, but the rest are my photos.)
|Arriving just after sunset, the deck crew spent little time getting the cages into the water.
Air is supplied from a 'hookah system' for up to four in a cage.
|Early morning and time to bring in the sharks with a little tuna. The idea was not to feed them, just get them interested.
A "Shark Wrangler" tossed a tuna chunk into the water tied to a rope which was pulled away as the shark approached,
at least that's the plan. Seems like they went through a couple hundred pounds of tuna while we were there.
|There were five cages, two at the surface, and three submerged to 30 feet, and it was hard to decide where you might get the best pictures.
|Each shark has a unique color pattern used to identify each individual. It was thought that we were visited by about 50
different individuals out of the known 300 that frequent the isle.
|Each shark is given a name by the person that makes the first identification of a new individual and a photographic record is published each year to keep track.
I have not yet identified and discovered the names of all these sharks.
|All of the sharks we saw ranged in size from perhaps 10 feet to as much as 17 feet in length.
|Most of the sharks were females and most of them appeared to be pregnant. It is believed
that this might be a gathering place before going off to give birth.
|All of these sharks were calm and seemed to be curious of us. There was no frenzy kind of
action, although one would occasionally grab the tuna chunk with a bit of force.
|One of the largest sharks was this elderly gal named Lucy, identified by the broken tail.