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El Nino at Guadalupe

Posted by Jimi on November 9, 2015

El Nino at Guadalupe

As we move into late October to early November at Guadalupe typically the weather and water turns cooler. This season we have been having incredibly warm waters due to El Nino which have had an apparent effect on our sharks. Still seeing plenty of large males we also had our first first big female of the year............

Late October - Early November

By this point of the season we would typically be seeing the big female white sharks however, this year has been a little different. The warmer water conditions seem to have had a delayed effect on the Island and its seasonal visitors. The warmer conditions have produced some special and unique encounters however it has also made for varying weather conditions with our captains having to keep a close eye on the ever changing weather forecasts.

Trip 7

As soon as we arrived at the Island for trip 7, “Mau” (a well known interactive 10ft male) began circling under the boat. It is common to have a small shark to begin with before the larger sharks let themselves be known and begin to take over the scene. Throughout the day we where visited by 6 different sharks ending with a  massive 15ft female late in the day. Day 2 was similar in shark action and “Geoff”, a 14ft male was the main player on the baits. “Geoff” turned up again on day 3 as well as “Sydney” plus a small feisty female we are getting to know very well. Overall we recorded seeing a total of 15 sharks which (for this time of the year) is an amazing stat. More intriguing is that we are seeing so many new sharks this year indicating that the Guadalupe Island population of sharks is in good health at this point of time.

Trip 8

After taking a few days break due to those varying weather conditions we departed for trip 8 eager to see if the change in temperature and sea conditions would have brought in those big females at last. We where not disappointed. Day 1 saw some amazing action with multiple sharks putting on a great show. After a slower start to day 2 “The Legend” turned up around midday and began to almost show off for our guests in the cages. Around 4pm a huge shark was spotted down deep and as she came to the surface we realized that this was out first big female of the season. Typical of these huge sharks, she stayed with us for a brief but unforgettable 20mins. “Geoff” and “Squire” started our last day off before another big late show……..not only did we see another 15ft female but where also treated to a 16ft huge male before departing the island. Amazing.

So it seems the big female season has began at last. As we now run our later trips in the season we are looking forward to many more interactions with these mega and elusive female great white sharks……………The show is far from over………

Jimi Partington


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