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Old 20 September 2006, 19:28   #1
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What I did on my summer vacation...


From Isla del Guadalupe off the Pacific Coast of Baja.


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Old 20 September 2006, 19:32   #2
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How on earth did u take them?!
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Cage diving. 5 day trip (a day to get to the island, 3 days in the cages, a day back.) Cages (2, 4 man cages) hung off the back of an offshore fishing boat. Divers air supply via hookah rigs fed by small air compressors. Max depth about 8 feet.

Camera was a housed Olympus 5050, available light (no strobes.)


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Interesting idea, going fishing and using yourself as bait
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beautiful creature. I hope the don't get run into extinction. What that must have been like seeing them in person!
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I don't want to run into 1 of them on my rib.

Cool pics, looks amazing.
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I am hoping to to that next year at the faralon islands off san fransico.
how big was that shark? she's a beauty!
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jizm;

The sharks off Guadalupe are mostly sub-adult to young adult. Sizes range from really young (a buddy of mine said they saw one that was about 4 to 5 feet, and looked like it was still trying to learn how to swim) to about 16 or 17 feet. Most are in the 13 to 15 foot range. They primarily feed on fish, though fur seal and sea lion feeding events do occur there.

The sharks you will see (if, indeed, you see anything) off the Farallons are true adult sharks. Diet is pretty much exclusively marine mammals, and sizes range from about 14 feet or so to about 19 to 20 feet (very rare.)

Interestingly, Lawrence Groth (who you'll probably meet if you're going through Golden Gate/Great White Adventures/Shark Diving Int'l) found that chumming works great in Guadalupe, and does absolutely nothing in the Farallons. Conversely, towing a surfboard gets hits up here, and wastes gas in Guadalupe.

Make sure you sign up early; the Farallon trips sell out pretty quick.

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was going to be sept this year but looks like next year now.
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