Diving Galapagos: North Seymour

Trip Start Jul 05, 2006
Trip End Sep 18, 2007

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Wednesday, November 8, 2006

North Seymour was todays dive site. The first dive was at Mosquera. We saw about 14 Hammerhead Sharks in two´s and three´s. I (Damian) was hanging on a rock on the edge of a wall in a strong current and a lone Hammerhead about 2.5m in length approached to within 3m and then swooped upwards and away giving me a fantastic view. We also saw a few Green Sea Turtles. One little fella was trying his best to mate, chasing another turtle across the ocean floor - funny to watch, but laughing means your mask floods! We also encountered a school of white Creole fish and hundreds of Galapagos Garden Eels on a sandy bottom floor. About 12 large Blacktip sharks also criss-crossed our path. A few Eagle Rays appeared out of the blue and disappeared gracefully within a few moments. We also spotted one Stingray. A couple of sealions passed by and one particularly playful juvenile followed us under a small sea arch and stayed around to play with Sinead for awhile. A small Puffer fish (porcupine) and a few Cornet (dark colour) fish were also stumbled upon.

The second dive was at Punta. Punta has a beautiful underwater structure, something similar to the Giants Causeway in Ireland. A stepped honeycomb column structure of dark rock (granite?). Here we saw a Panamic Green Moray Eel, an Orange Sided Trigger fish, a couple of Hammerheads in the distance, a Marbled Ray, a few Eagle Rays and about 10 small Manta Rays. We also saw Galapagos Sealions, Green Turtles, a shoal of Burrito Grunt fish, Finescale Trigger fish, Reef Cornet fish and an enormous Spotfin Burrfish (puffer) in a cave. The current was very strong and we glided along to a reef where we held onto rocks for about 5 minutes observing about 30 Whitetip Sharks schooling in the current. An amazing sight to top-off our Galapagos experience!

So where to next?! I think a Whale Shark is probably the only thing missing from our list, maybe Australia?! But we won´t be greedy!
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