Wednesday, November 10, 2010
So what’s been happening over the past two weeks? Well quite a bit really, although we haven’t had the numbers we were still able to operate a few in-water encounter trips and luckily the few sharks we had were very cooperative and allowed multiple and long encounters, as well as the chance to get all the photo IDs and measurements taken. Only four trips were run on which we had a total of eight encounters with six sharks.
The last shark we saw was sey.2005.059. We first saw this shark during this season on 27/09/10 in the south, then again in the south on 13/10/10. Then he was up at Grand Anse on the last day (29/10/10). He was 6m long and on the last day was seen cruising slowly in shallow water through the plankton but not feeding. He is also an Umberto imposter with a big U on his right hand side, much to Abi’s dissapointment!
Similarly, the pilots weren’t finding many sharks on the aerial survey: during the 25 flights in the last two weeks a total of 14 sharks were sighted with a maximum of 3 on a single flight... but the aerial survey tracks still needed to be worked up each day which kept the interns out of too much mischief! However, we did have a fair bit of spare time during which it became clear that Gareth was not a natural under-water scooter pilot!
Also, with the end of season fast approaching there was a lot of activity for the traditional end of season / Haloween BBQ and this year the interns took the creative costume theme to new heights! But more of that on the next post!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Our first Shark of the day was a 4.5m male, a new Shark for this season and the second time we have had encounters with him. After that things got quiet....very quiet....
When we got there the Sharks were in 10m of water and barely moving, we were joined by the guys from Save Our Seas in their RIB so there were 3 boats in the area. The two MCSS boats had both their groups in, all on different Sharks and the Save Our Seas guys also had their own Shark. Some of us were even lucky enough to have two Sharks together!
This was another very special day here in the Seychelles. After processing the ID shots we retrieved, through I3S we had 3 Sharks from 2010, 2 from 2005, 1 from 2007, 1from 2008 and one from 2009. In this aggregation of Whale Sharks was ‘Yogi’ one of Abi’s favourite Sharks who has been returning to the Seychelles each year since 2005!
A great ending to the week!
Post and photos contributed by Joe Daniels
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Wednesday 11th August saw another pre-season whale shark sighting. Dive Seychelles, Underwater Centre were on a morning dive to Lilot when skipper Nigel spotted the unmistakable shadow of the legendary big spotty fish.
Getting closer the divers donned their mask, snorkel and fins and jumped in. The whale shark swam towards diver Jeremy Makchunming who managed to snap the photo below.
Jeremy, 46, is on holiday in the Seychelles from Hong Kong. This was his first wild whale shark sighting though he has observed the captive whale sharks at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Japan.
He was suprised at the sight of the whale shark and couldn’t take in all the details, so instead took a short video and photos, and lucky for MCSS that he did. The photos were perfect for whale shark identification, and closer inspection has revealed that the sighting was another new shark, making it sey.2010.002. Hopefully we’ll sight this shark again and we can determine whether it’s a male or female.