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#1 mcliffy2

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 08:15 AM

We had a fantastic trip to the Galapagos; truly the most spectacular big animal diving I've ever experienced.  Here are a few selections.  

 

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#2 mcliffy2

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 08:30 AM

A trip video is also up on Vimeo:

 

 


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Posted 28 January 2014 - 12:10 PM

Looks like you had a great trip - lots of nice shots! Who did you dive with?



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Posted 28 January 2014 - 12:32 PM

Congrats Michael, absolutely love seeing the schools of hammers are there.  Very nicely done.  :notworthy:  :notworthy:  :notworthy:  :notworthy:  :notworthy:

 

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 05:53 PM

Really nice! Thanks for sharing.
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Posted 28 January 2014 - 09:08 PM

Looks like you had a great trip - lots of nice shots! Who did you dive with?

 

 

We were with Galapagos Sky for the live aboard portion, and Silberstein dive centre for the land-based diving.  Both did a great job.



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Posted 28 January 2014 - 09:12 PM

Congrats Michael, absolutely love seeing the schools of hammers are there.  Very nicely done.  :notworthy:  :notworthy:  :notworthy:  :notworthy:  :notworthy:

 

Cheers!

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Thanks Steve!  There were 100s of hammers on every dive at Wolf and Darwin, groups of 10 or so at Gordon Rocks, and single sharks at a few other sites...so in short, there were lots of hammerheads!  The vis wasn't great so it was hard to get a good wide angle shots of the schools, but a few came out OK.



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Posted 13 February 2014 - 12:27 PM

Here are a couple more.

 

I like this one because it is a subject you don't see that often (a bullhead shark):

 

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Another one of a hammerhead school:

 

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And a Bonita fly-by:

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 06:58 PM

Nice shot! I do have plan to go to Galapagos. May I know which month you were there? Just want to know what time frame would be the best time to go there. Thanks!



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Posted 14 February 2014 - 01:54 PM

That WA shot of the hammerhead school is terrific and is one I'd love be able to take some day.  Tell me, how challenging were the conditions when you were there?  What were the profiles and water temps?   



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 11:13 AM

Nice shot! I do have plan to go to Galapagos. May I know which month you were there? Just want to know what time frame would be the best time to go there. Thanks!

 

I was there in the beginning of December.  It was the week right at the edge between manta/hammerhead season and whale shark season.   It was great because we got the best of both worlds.  3 HUGE whale sharks, a few mantas, tons of eagle and mobula rays, and hammerheads galore!



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 11:16 AM

That WA shot of the hammerhead school is terrific and is one I'd love be able to take some day.  Tell me, how challenging were the conditions when you were there?  What were the profiles and water temps?   

 

The diving and photographic conditions are pretty challenging.  There was lower vis (30-40 ft), surge and drift currents (sometimes combined), and you have to wear gloves.  I didn't get the hammerhead shots I wanted until our very last dive at Darwin.  It came together just in time for me!  The dives aren't too deep, most of the time is spent between 40 and 70 ft, and we rarely dropped below 85 ft.



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Posted 17 February 2014 - 12:34 AM

Thanks for the amazing pictures am looking forward to my May trip on the Sky!



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Posted 17 February 2014 - 11:05 PM

Beautiful Images..On my Bucket list !

 

Thanks for Sharing

 

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