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In Topic: Utila is still good?

28 July 2014 - 06:47 AM

Are you going to Utila to look for whale sharks? When I was there for six weeks in Feb-Mar 2004, they were the big draw. Dive boats would look for them in between dives and/or on the way back to town from dive sites on the north side of the island. And other boats would go out solely to look for whale sharks, especially from the nicer resorts like Laguna. If/when you get to snorkel with one (or several) whale sharks, it'll be hard to imagine a better photo opportunity. I saw one on a proper dive, too, though I was doing my safety stop and didn't get a chance to get a shot off. There were also rough-toothed dolphins, quite a few hawksbill turtles, spotted eagle rays, big schools of horse-eye jacks, barracudas, and other photogenic species. The juvenile drums were definitely popular macro subjects. Also look for sargassum frogfish in the floating sargassum.

In Topic: Fin choice, etc.

29 January 2014 - 07:28 PM

I really like the Force Fin Pro with comfort insteps. They're small, light, very easy to pack, and they allow for high-speed chases as well as subtle but extremely helpful maneuvers such as backing away from a reef wall by rolling your ankles a few times. You can walk around in them because they are so short and the blades are bent upward. As far as kicking efficiency and power they are fantastic as long as you are away from the surface, where they tend to come out of the water a bit too much. (If I'm going snorkeling or I think I'll be at the surface a lot, I use Apollo split fins.) But if you're diving in a current or trying to get away from a crowd, the Force Fins are awesome and their efficiency means extended bottom time.

In Topic: Critique wanted on whaleshark pics

10 January 2014 - 12:04 PM

I like 4, 6, and 7 the most, with 6 and 7 being the most striking because of the pair of whale sharks and the poses you captured.


7 might be even more striking if you adjusted to make the whales more like silhouettes and/or tried it in black and white.

In Topic: Do you think Ocearch really love sharks?

19 December 2013 - 11:30 AM

Here's a Wired article about some of the GW tracking so far: http://www.wired.com...t-white-sharks/


Interesting and not surprising to hear that Fischer is being rebuffed by West Coast scientists, and one of the East Coast scientists says they have enough tracking data for the time being. Maybe that means the Ocearch will not be parking off Chatham next summer?

In Topic: Do you think Ocearch really love sharks?

01 December 2013 - 04:41 PM

Me too, Mike. And I also hope that those rich sponsors like Caterpillar etc. will stop sponsoring them till they improve in their methods.


Unlikely. Caterpillar sponsors the Ocearch because the Ocearch uses Caterpillar engines and generators, as do thousands of other big seafaring vessels.