Hammerheads!!! 3 Days of Diving in the Galapagos - Gordon Rocks, Seymour Norte, and Floreana
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December 11th, 2007 – by: slimbolima
In any case, I'm glad I went diving. Here's a brief description of each dive site.
Gordon Rocks (Sunday, Dec. 10): Hammerheads. Nuf sed. By far the best dive site of the 3, purely due to the huge school of 20-30 hammerheads which swam right below us. Known for extremely strong currents, the dives were actually quite tranquil.
Seymour Norte (Tuesday, Dec. 11): Good dive site for big things, which I like: tons of white-tip reef sharks, spotted eagle rays (yes!), turtles, and sea lions (but those are everywhere). On one of the dives, a sea lion was following us around for 20 minutes and swam into a cave with resting white-tips reef sharks, knocked one on its head, and chased them out of their cave.
The second dive was probably one of my hardest due to the strong sideways and downward currents. It was like going mountain climbing in a windstorm because you'd hold on to a rock and then let go, and have to catch on to the next rock area as you sped by. The second dive was also not helped by the fact that a big fat guy rolled backwards late (we tip backwards ala Navy Seals as the boat moves so that if you go late, you'll fall on top of the person in front, aka me) and knocked my mask off which is a very disconcerting feeling when you're being thrown about in 2 ft. waves at the surface. During the 3-min. safety stop at the end, I suddenly found myself at 30 ft. from 12 ft. in 2 seconds due to a strong downward pull.
Floreana (Saturday Dec. 8): A solid but not incredibly impressive dive site. There are cool tiny red-lipped batfish which sit on the sand and when frightened, flee in what can only be described as waddle-flying. I wish I had caught it on video... I also had a close encounter with a resting turtle...I gave my camera to the dive master to have him take a picture with me and the turtle and when I turned back around, the turtle had moved and was right in front of my face. It gave me quite a startle and then it swam by, brushing my wetsuit. Cool beans.
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