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#1 adamhanlon

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 08:49 PM

Hi all,

 

I'm sitting in the Radisson in downtime Cancun having just spent 24 hours getting from the UK to Mexico. From tomorrow, the first group of fellow shark watchers will be arriving, with us getting out on the water from Wednesday. 

 

There have been other groups out this season, and their reports seem very good. Lots of whale sharks, and mantas as well.

 

My aim is to keep the Wetpixel community updated about the trips in as real time as the internet will allow. Please keep checking back here for more info, images and trip reports.

 

I should also point out that I have brought out some fun new toys to play with, including a Canon 6D/Nauticam housing/Zen 4" port, Inon wide-angle wet lenses for the Powershot G15, Backscatter Flip filters for the GoPro HERO3 and housings for the iPhone 5 (!)

 

Adam (who isn't excited at all!)

 

 

 


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#2 Steve Williams

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 04:11 AM

Glad you made it partner, sounds like a rough ride.  I'm on my way.  Save me a margarita.  I have a few more things for you to play with including an 8-15mm and an interesting surprise.

 

Cheers,

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#3 adamhanlon

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 07:57 AM

Given that Steve and I are sharing a room, I am a little concerned about the interesting surprise  :laugh: !

 

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 11:47 AM

I’m sure!


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Posted 30 July 2013 - 03:02 PM

Ha ha ha. 

 

Sounds like so much fun and I wish I was there! Can't wait to see the photos.

Have fun!!

 

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 01:46 PM

Greetings from a hot and very productive Isla Mujeres.
 
Day 1 dawned bright and early, with Steve, Pat, Jeff, Barry, Eric and I meeting the boat on the jetty at 7am.
 
An hour later, we were in amongst what I think is the biggest group of whale sharks I think any of us have ever seen. The sharks were actually quite densely packed together whilst moving and feeding on the eggs in the water.
 
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We had numerous examples of the sharks going vertical in the water (known as a botella).
 
An added bonus this year is a group of schooling mantas that arrive in the late morning.
 
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More later!
 
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Posted 01 August 2013 - 02:02 PM

A quadcopter on a snorkel trip? Why not? :)

 

Launching this thing off of a rolling and pitching boat is complicated, but once it's up in the air, I'm in control. Having said that, there is probably a good chance that I will return from this trip without my little helicopter. It is, after all, the ocean...

 

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I did go in the water a bit, too. ;)

 

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#8 Steve Williams

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 05:49 PM

This is a fascinating place to shoot, if you haven't been here put it on the list.  I don't remember ever having this much fun in the water.  The sheer joy of being circled by big mantas while whale sharks are cruising by is an amazing experience.   

 

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Cheers from Isla Mujeres.

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 07:23 PM

Looks like you guys are having an awesome time. great shots. Looking forward to seeing more from the trip.

 

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 07:24 PM

Day 2 started really well, with our skipper Rogelio apparently smelling the fish eggs on the way to the site. There were lots of mantas and sharks around. After about 45 minutes though, they started to dive deep and became more spread out. Make no error, we still saw a lot of whale sharks and mantas, but after the complete mayhem yesterday, it just felt a little slower.

 

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The last member of our group, Stephanie, joined us this evening, so we hope that the the whale shark "gods" will give her the experience we all had yesterday.

 

Adam

 

 


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Posted 02 August 2013 - 06:19 PM

Hi again all,

 

The universe's order was restored today with a frantic day here in Isla Mujeres, including an amazing couple of hours this afternoon with a "group" of very friendly whale sharks who actually would turn back to look for us when we stopped following them! It seem that even whale sharks can be fame-hungry!

 

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Lets hope that tomorrow brings lots more, and if we are being picky a few more mantas would be nice please!

 

Adam

 

 

 


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Posted 02 August 2013 - 06:38 PM

You are absolutely right Pam.  One more thanks to the instruction from Eric and Adam.

 

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It just keeps getting better,

 

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 07:27 PM

Here is another one. If anyone wants to know what it looks like when a whale shark poops on you, well this is how it looks. 

 

I was not popular on the boat after.

 

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 02:44 PM

I love whale shark poo!



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Posted 03 August 2013 - 06:07 PM

Day 4 was another amazing day in Isla Mujeres. There was a little wind and some bigger swells but in reality the only problem was that we could hardly see the mantas for the whale sharks!

 

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The aggregation truly is an amazing spectacle. If you haven't witnessed it yet, you really need to get down here. I don't think it is possible to underestimate just how amazing this experience is.

 

Adam

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted 04 August 2013 - 07:38 PM

Another stellar day in Isla Mujeres. Definitely a day for mantas today, with feeding loops, trains and some impressive breaches. Barry Russell had the honour of having a manta land about one meter behind him. Unfortunately, as it was behind him, he didn't manage to capture it.

 

Saying that there was also a lot of whale sharks!

 

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As promised, here are some mantas:

 

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The first trip has now ended, and we bid farewell to Barry, Pat, Jeff and Steve. I will hand over to Jason Bradley and Eric will stay on for the next week.

 

The whale sharks and mantas of Isla Mujeres are an amazing event. We will be back next year!

 

 


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Posted 04 August 2013 - 08:28 PM

Awesome last day of trip #1. The sharks were fanned out into a long strip, which made it hard to stay in the middle of things, but the middle was densely packed with both whale sharks and manta rays. Steve said that he counted 60 from the boat (!).

 

Also, a large manta breached about 1 meter from Barry Russell (no exaggeration), which must have been exciting for him. :)

 

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 09:02 PM

Very nice......my dream shot, a pair in Pices or yin yang pose.  Seriously thinking of signing on board for 2014, might need drone training.   Well done.



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Posted 04 August 2013 - 09:15 PM

Our awesome group: trip 1 of the Wetpixel Isla Mujeres Whale Sharks Expedition 2013. Adam Hanlon, Barry Russell, Jeff Kelley, Pat Chock, Steph Hannon, Steve Williams and me, plus Capitán Rogélio y Juan

 

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 10:23 AM

So you guys need to give us a rundown of what gear you used for your shots...


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