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willienelson 01-11-2019 02:34 AM

diving pictures: cocos island (CR), and belize
 
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had a elos midi that I shut down before a move two years ago. recently got a 170 peninsula waterbox. I included a few images of the new setup and some of my fish.

Between tanks I did some diving.

Highlight of my life thus far probably was my 14 day trip to cocos island 350 miles offshore of costa rica on the pacific side.

The first images that are less colorful are from Cocos. Our average diving depth was 80-120 feet. I was part of a marine conservation team serving acoustic receiver stations, and tagging scalloped hammers, and tigers :skull:. There were some BIG galapagos sharks :skull:, which were amazing to see and I got to see a few solo tuna! A flash doesnt help too much with big pelagic shots as the subjects are too far.

The belize images are much more colorful. I got the opportunity to go down to the stalactites 130ish feet in the greast blue hole but it was far too dark for images. got many more micro shots here.

hope you guys enjoy,
Willie

pecan2phat 01-11-2019 08:36 AM

Very nice!

John76 01-11-2019 11:46 AM

Wow ,,,, yo how did you get those sharks to like not eat you man

editour2 01-11-2019 12:46 PM

Very cool !!!

rwells 01-11-2019 01:18 PM

Very nice, my hometown.

willienelson 01-11-2019 02:24 PM

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Originally Posted by John76 (Post 1832236)
Wow ,,,, yo how did you get those sharks to like not eat you man

their preferred prey (seals, sea lions, etc) are generally at the surface. 100ish feet down they think you're just another big predator -- it's the getting in and out that can be a little scary.

We generally dove the "cleaning stations" where barber fish (you can see several in the images) reside and the sharks come in to get cleaned off, I imagine this means they are in a bit of a docile non predatory state of mind.

ecvernon 01-11-2019 02:50 PM

Wow, Amazing! Thanks for sharing!

Chefjpaul 01-11-2019 03:37 PM

Great Dive photos.

I'm diving Cozumel this week and with Bull Sharks yesterday.

Where in Belize did you go? We Dove there last year.


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willienelson 01-11-2019 03:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Chefjpaul (Post 1832270)
Great Dive photos.

I'm diving Cozumel this week and with Bull Sharks yesterday.

Where in Belize did you go? We Dove there last year.


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Thanks! Turneeffe Reef Atoll. It was great!

I've been wanting to do cozumel as I love the weightless flying sensation you get from drift dives. have they been epic? Hope the rest of your week is amazing. I know its early in the season, but wishing you whale shark sightings.

Chefjpaul 01-11-2019 03:57 PM

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Originally Posted by willienelson (Post 1832275)
Thanks! Turneeffe Reef Atoll. It was great!



I've been wanting to do cozumel as I love the weightless flying sensation you get from drift dives. have they been epic? Hope the rest of your week is amazing. I know its early in the season, but wishing you whale shark sightings.

Epic- yeah.

We were here in August diving and swimming with the whale sharks.

That's how much I love the drift diving of these coral walls here. Insane.



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