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The Trip to the Home Waters of the Great White Sharks
In this post I start describing and reporting on a cage-diving trip I took to the Guadalupe Island (Mexico) on the Horizon vessel operated by Horizon Charters from San Diego, CA. My trip was from August 5 through August 10, and I spent about 10 full hours in the underwater cage in the home of great white sharks.
This is the little bay where we anchored off Guadalupe Island. On the left is the morning colors, and on the right is the afternoon colors.
These are the dive cages where 4 divers stand next to each other for 1 hour shifts. Each cage is 12 feet wide.
This is the GoPro camera I was using for video recordings. It’s a rental from Horizon Charters.
There are several inspiring under water events that I recorded on video. Here I will show a few recordings that show how these 12-14 foot long animals react to each other when they come close to each other because the bait attracted them to one place in the ocean. Now, you might think that great white sharks would tear each other apart when food is at stake. Nothing could be further from the truth. See for yourself how they avoid conflict by changing direction. Another way great white sharks behave in a close encounter is parallel swimming, and you’ll see that too.
Avoiding conflict video 1: In this video you see a great white shark approaching and exploring the bait (the bait is surrounded by a swirl of smaller fish). The another shark comes in from lower right, but takes a sharp turn to the left when the newcomer sees the first shark coming into view.
Avoiding conflict video 2: In this video you see a great white shark swimming at the bait, and then a second shark appears and swims towards the same bait. The second shark takes a sharp turn to the right when it sees the first shark.
Parallel swimming video 1: The first shark s swimming away from the diving cage, and the other shark swims toward the cage. All in parallel.
Parallel swimming video 2: We see both sharks from the beginning swimming left to right and right to left in front of the cage.
Parallel swimming video 3: We see the first shark attacks the bait, and then turns to swim to the right, and a little further away another shark is swimming in the same direction.
The Ceramic Art Pieces
I made these pieces a decade before my diving trip. So, the parallel swimming of these ceramic great white sharks is a lucky guess or divine intervention.